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Some very big and angry Ants from Africa Stuart ... please identify. <br />
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These large ants, about 3 cm in length, are ferocious and have a distinct nitrogen smell when angered.  Here they actually attacked and killed a Wasp !  No idea of what species they are, but everyone avoids them.   Africa,Fall,Geotagged,Namibia,P. tarsatus,Paltothyreus,ant,black,insect,nitrogen Click/tap to enlarge Species introCountry intro

Some very big and angry Ants from Africa

Stuart ... please identify.

These large ants, about 3 cm in length, are ferocious and have a distinct nitrogen smell when angered. Here they actually attacked and killed a Wasp ! No idea of what species they are, but everyone avoids them.

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  1. After some searching around - I believe I've found the correct species. Taking into account, body shape and smell, I think they go by the more common name "African Stink Ant"... Posted 3 years ago
    1. Thanks a lot for that Stuart. To be honest, the name (Stink Ant) I have heard before, but never thought it to be its real name. Again, thank you very much for your help in identification. Much appreciated. Posted 3 years ago
      1. My pleasure, happy to help! Please do keep posting pictures of ants ;) Posted 3 years ago

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''Paltothyreus'' is a monotypic genus of ants in the subfamily Ponerinae. ''Paltothyreus tarsatus'', the single described species, is widely distributed in Sub-Saharan Africa. Workers are very large in size ; queens are similar to workers, but larger and winged.

Species identified by Stuart Nathaniel
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Uploaded Aug 14, 2015. Captured Apr 10, 2013 14:50 in D2874, Namibia.
  • Canon EOS REBEL T2i
  • f/10.0
  • 1/197s
  • ISO400
  • 200mm