FFAC "The Cleopatra Project" Art Catalogue August 7 2022

Red imported fire ant (RIFA) Solenopsis invicta

Called unconqueréd–

aggressive with sting of fire, worldwide stowaway

Red imported fire ant (RIFA) workers vary in size from 1/16 to 1/4 inch and are considered an invasive pest. First found in Virginia’s Tidewater counties in 1989, they have since spread west along the North Carolina border. Watch out for RIFA ground-nest mounds in sunny moist places like pond shores, fields and walkways. Stings usually occur on the feet or legs after stepping on and disturbing a nest mound. Multiple stings are common, which produce a burning sensation for a few minutes, followed by a white blister that heals within two weeks. Seek medical attention immediately if allergic symptoms occur.

Patricia Williams Ready for Godzilla (Red Imported Fire Ant) Watercolor and Watercolor Pencil on Multimedia Artboard 12 x 12 $225


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