Stranger Fruit

Pogonomyrmex maricopa

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This critter is Pogonomyrmex maricopa, a species of harvester ant which is apparently famous for having the most venemous sting of any North American insect. One sting from the Maricopa Harvester Ant is equivalent to twelve honey bee stings. Best of all, it’s native to here in Arizona. Just one of the things that I didn’t know that I learned over at Alex Wild’s latest post. The photo is by him as well.