FFAC "The Cleopatra Project" Art Catalogue August 7 2022

(No common name) Pseudomyrmex pallidus

O very small ant, orangey brown warns of the sting your size belies

The Pseudomyrmex pallidus , about 1/10 inch long, is not readily identifiable to the naked eye but has an orange-brown color. Sometimes called a tree-ant or twig-ant, it usually builds nests in dead twigs or branches of shrubs and trees. A single worker can easily plug the nest entrance with its own body to prevent predator access. Uncommon in Virginia, Pseudomyrmex has only been observed in the coastal southeast. Despite its very small size, this ant delivers an intense throbbing sting that may last an hour. The resulting welt may persist for 24 hours. Seek medical attention immediately if allergic symptoms occur.

Tina Wade Pseudomyrmex Ant Oil 12 x 12 $250


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