Strumigenys louisianae - miniature trap-jaw ant
Among the oddest-looking North American ants are the cryptic predators in the genus Strumigenys. This species, S. louisianae, is native to the southeastern U.S. south to Argentina but has been accidentally introduced to urban areas in Arizona and elsewhere. The bizarre hairs on the head and body probably serve sensory and camouflage functions.
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