Fire ants attack and devour caimans

Fire ants attack and devour caimans
Fire ants attack and devour caimans

Fire ants are dangerous for baby caimans. Adult wide-faced caimans cannot always protect them.


Of course, the Argentine red fire ant does not pose a danger to large adults (wide-mouthed caimans reach 3.5 m in length), however, Solenopsis invicta poses a threat to their offspring. Caymans use isolated river islands to build nests. The material for the nests is such that the ant larvae feel quite comfortable in it.

The ants bite the female and force her to leave. Then the insects attack the hatched cubs, completely defenseless in front of hundreds of thousands of ants. Scientists believe Solenopsis invicta is responsible for the deaths of up to a quarter of all broad-faced caimans. Meanwhile, for the entire population of caimans, such a dynamic does not pose a threat - after all, these reptiles and insects have coexisted for more than one thousand years. The growth in the number of fire ants is restrained by the attacking humpback flies.

Fire ants are a real danger to the fauna of those regions where they invade (the homeland of Solenopsis invicta is South America). Insect venom is also dangerous for humans. An ant bite can lead to swelling, vomiting, dizziness, and even death. Each year, the red fire ant inflicts an estimated $ 5 billion in damage to the United States.

The red fire ant is already firmly established in the southern states of the United States. To combat it, biological, chemical and physical methods are used.

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