Giant Hunting Ants, Dinoponera grandis
Common Name: Giant Hunting Ant
Order Name: Hymenoptera
Family Name: Formicidae
These giant hunting ants are a formidable sight with an even more formidable sting. This one is carrying a twig in its massive jaws. Various Amazonian tribes use these hunting ants in puberty ceremonies. Numerous ants are weaved into a wicker framework and their stinging abdomens are pressed into the chests of those participating. The smaller of two similar hunting ant species named Panaponera clavata indeed produces a horrific sting.