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Species Brachyponera chinensis - Asian Needle Ant

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
No Taxon (Aculeata - Ants, Bees and Stinging Wasps)
Superfamily Formicoidea (Ants)
Family Formicidae (Ants)
Subfamily Ponerinae
Tribe Ponerini
Genus Brachyponera
Species chinensis (Asian Needle Ant)
Other Common Names
oo-hari-ari (Japan)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Pachycondyla chinensis
Explanation of Names
Brachyponera chinensis (Emery 1895)
Accidentally introduced to North America from Asia. First detected in DeKalb County, GA around 1932; now found from Connecticut south to northern Florida, west to Alabama and Tennessee
Dark, damp places; usually nest in moist, rotten wood or in soil under objects.
small arthropods
Stings of this species have been documented to elicit anaphalactic reactions in a small percentage of victims.
Has become the dominant ant species in some forested and urban habitats in South Carolina, excluding beneficial native ants.