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Dracula Ant - Stigmatomma pallipes

Dracula Ant - Stigmatomma pallipes
University of Guelph campus (N43º31'48"W080º13'34"), Wellington, Ontario, Canada
September 2, 2009
Size: 6 mm
This very cool ant was running on the sidewalk just outside of the University Centre building.

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Dracula Ant - Stigmatomma pallipes Dracula Ant - Stigmatomma pallipes

Moved
Moved from Amblyopone.

Forgot to include the species name
Amblyopone pallipes.

Cool, indeed!
This ant probably occurs in all 48 contiguous states and the southern tier of Canadian provinces, perhaps also well into Mexico in the mountains. Easier to find in forested regions, it has even been encountered remote from the nearest tree in the prairie of central Kansas. It is a specialized predator of geophilomorph centipedes, using both those long, formidably toothed mandibles and a sting nearly as long as the gaster and packing powerful venom to subdue these relatively large and squirmy prey animals.

 
Thanks!
Thank you for the info, James. I nearly just passed by the ant ... I'm glad that I decided to take a closer look!

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