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Monday Night Mystery: The Case of the Bullet Ant




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!