insects
AFROTROPICAL Tropical & Subtropical Savanna

The insects of the African tropical and subtropical savanna, dry woodlands and bush...

Order Coleoptera, Beetles

It's a shit job, but somebody has to do it! (Hluhluwe-Imfolozi, South Africa).

Pachylomerus femoralis, 'Flattened Giant Dung Beetle' 

Order Hymenoptera

Family Formicidae: Ants

Safari Ants (image by Damon Ramsey)(Ishasha Uganda)

Dorylus spp. 'Safari Ants', 'Driver Ants'. Often form long marching lines. The larger soldiers guard the workers and allow them a protected path to follow in between them. The columns move through the bush, including settlements, although they are easy to get out of the way of. The soldiers have large heads and mandibles; their attack is not so much with their sting from the abdomen like many other ants, but is through a bit from their strong mandibles. Their grip is very strong, and can be hard to dislodge; even killing the ant may not make a difference if the mandibles are locked in. These are the ants that were infamously used as stitches in wounds for up to a few days by East Africans! They are mostly found in tropical Africa, but some species are found in tropical Asia.

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