Monday, August 1, 2011

[Mcm2Ada] Paraponera or "bullet ant" (Latin Paraponera clavata) (14 photos)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGIZ-zUvotM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjna7MnPKrI

Many Indian tribes are held initiation rites of boys to adulthood. For this ritual, used a variety of ways. Some tribes in South America is one of them with the initiation of ants Paraponera clavata. At first glance it may seem that there could be so terrible. Well, bite ant, maybe more a bit and all. But no such luck. The fact that his bite is almost 30 times more painful sting the wasp, and this unbearable pain lasts for days.

Paraponera or "bullet ant" (Latin Paraponera clavata) (born Bullet ant)



These ants are found throughout Central and South America, or rather, on the territory of Nicaragua to the north of Paraguay to the south. They build confidence among the tree roots to a depth of two feet underground nests, which often have only one main entrance and one exit.





These ants are found throughout Central and South America, or rather, on the territory of Nicaragua to the north of Paraguay to the south. They build confidence among the tree roots to a depth of two feet underground nests, which often have only one main entrance and one exit.



Its name "bullet ant" received with a powerful sting with a strong poison, paralyzing neurotoxin containing - poneratoksin. Its bite causes paralysis of the body bitten and seizures, and accompanied by terrible pain. This state lasts for days, after which the unbearable pain gradually subside. During this paraponeru still called "ant 24 [hours]." Its bite is deadly for people with allergies because it can cause anaphylactic shock and possibly death.



How much would these ants were not horrific and deadly. First, they never attacked. If curious daredevil approach to the ant are very close, paraponera first by hissing and smell warn that it is better to stay away, and if these alerts will not work, then he attacks his sting.



Colonies of these ants are not numerous and often comprise no more than 1,000 individuals.



Procurement of food (furazhirovaniem) deal with the larger ants and small are responsible for the brood. They are omnivorous, so happy to taste the like carrion and live prey, which act as large insects and small vertebrates. Their prey ants cut into pieces and bring to the nest. The road to the "home" they are on a special pheromone trails. Their larvae eat the prey without pre-treatment of adults. Despite these taste preferences, these ants are big sweet tooth. They love to drink the sweet sap and nectar.



With prey - cicada



And about the rite of initiation by these ants suggest watch the video. And a little bit of information explaining the Indians "weave" of these ants in the special "gloves" that young man should hold in their hands for 10 minutes. This often leads to temporary paralysis of the hands.


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