Monday Night Mystery: The Case of the Bullet Ant

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My last post was a tutorial on how to identify the famous bullet ant, Paraponera clavata. Tonight’s challenge requires you to put this knowledge to the test.

The following list links to 10 photographs of various species flickr users have identified as “bullet ants”:

  1. http://www.flickr.com/photos/29096471@N05/9818319654
  2. http://www.flickr.com/photos/28008027@N07/5018928025
  3. http://www.flickr.com/photos/68312640@N00/2528635293
  4. http://www.flickr.com/photos/64030452@N03/6747284197
  5. http://www.flickr.com/photos/56813221@N06/6923637878
  6. http://www.flickr.com/photos/43972611@N08/4158754754
  7. http://www.flickr.com/photos/82333312@N07/9706758910
  8. http://www.flickr.com/photos/24792820@N03/8673997633
  9. http://www.flickr.com/photos/30072667@N00/363044296
  10. http://www.flickr.com/photos/31318028@N00/5706217283

I will award one point per item to the first correct guess of each mystery insect. Identifications must be at provided to at least the level of genus.

The cumulative points winner for the month of December will win their choice of:

1) A guest post here on Myrmecos
2) Any 8×10 print from my insect photography galleries
3) A myrmecos t-shirt

Good luck!

9 thoughts on “Monday Night Mystery: The Case of the Bullet Ant”

  1. 1 – Paraponera
    2- Atta
    3- Dinoponera
    4- Camponotus
    5- Pachycondyla
    6- Gigantiops
    7- Paraponera
    8-Cephalotes
    9-Paraponera
    10-Camponotus

  2. Carlos Mario Mestra garay

    1- Paraponera clavata
    2- Atta cephalotes
    3- Dinoponera
    4- Camponotus
    5- Pachycondyla villosa
    6- Gigantiops
    7- Paraponera clavata
    8- Cephalotes atratus
    9- Paraponera clavata
    10- Camponotus

  3. 1. Paraponera clavata
    2. Atta cephalotes
    3. Dinoponera australis (and possibly a worker of Atta sexdens – right side of the photo)
    4. Camponotus rufipes – not so sure about the ID
    5. Pachycondyla villosa
    6. Gigantiops destructor
    7. Paraponera clavata
    8. Cephalotes atratus
    9. Paraponera clavata
    10. Camponotus sericeiventris

    Awesome gyne’s profile, by the way. 🙂

  4. 1. Paraponera clavata
    2. Atta
    3. Dinoponera
    4. Camponotus
    5. Pachycondyla
    6. Gigantiops
    7. Paraponera clavata
    8. Cephalotes
    9. Paraponera clavata
    10. Camponotus

    I couldn’t resist a taxonomic challenge. Thanks Alex – I learned something new!

  5. I found the same genera but find it a pity that someone copied the genera-names 10 hours ago to the photographs… no fun anymore… but I solved them without looking at the responses!

    Like your inclusion of Gigantiops when you keep in mind all the reports about the “symbiosis” between the two species, G. nesting close to P.

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