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Stinging Tiny Ant - Brachyponera chinensis

Stinging Tiny Ant - Brachyponera chinensis
Cornelius, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, USA
June 20, 2011
Size: 1/4"
This is the second one found that just stung a friend visiting us last night.

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Stinging Tiny Ant - Brachyponera chinensis Stinging Tiny Ant - Brachyponera chinensis

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Confirming ID. These pictures are not great, but this is the better of the two, and this is an important post, as this species is one we're likely to here more about, It has already spread north to southern New England and south into Florida, a big area with lots of people!

 
Not Welcome
It's scary to think this ant is spreading so quickly when there is much danger inherent in the stings. I am NOT an allergic person, have never had any reactions, but this tiny thing did me in. Watch out for it!

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Moved from ID Request.

This looks like it could be P
This looks like it could be Pachycondyla chinensis, the needle ant. Info at
http://www4.ncsu.edu/~bsguenar/Pachycondyla%20chinensis%20page.html

This is a medically very important species. I knew a woman in South Carolina who nearly died from anaphylaxis from this species, and it has a long history in S Korea and other parts of Asia.

 
Thanks
I believe you are correct. Thanks for the ID. I have looked at the research available on this ant and it fits. I sure hope these are not coming in large numbers since there are so many reports of serious allergic reactions.