Australian Bulldog Ant

Australian Bulldog Ant is one of the most deadly species of ant on the planet. They are listed in the Guinness Book Of World Records as the deadliest ant in the world.

Australia is known for its vast array of terrifying creatures that thrive there. But one species of ant, in particular, stands out; the Australian Bulldog Ant. 


Bulldog Ant Behaviors

When in full-on attack mode, the Bulldog Ant uses both its ability to sting and to bite at the same time. In fact, their name is in reference to how aggressively they attack their enemies. In attack, this ant will hold onto its victim with its long pinchers and repeatedly sting them injecting more and more venom each time.

The Australian Bulldog Ant is actually responsible for at least three confirmed human deaths since 1936

While they do not work together as a team as much as other species of ants, their aggressive nature makes them very effective when attacking the same victim. The mindset of a bulldog ant is so defense-driven that food is not actually provided to the queen. She gathers her own while the rest of the colony focuses on protection. You do not want to get caught in the line of sight of one of these colonies!


A few fun facts about Australian bulldog ants:

  • Bulldog ants are not in the United States. They exist mostly in Australia but it is possible they could make their way to the UK.
  • Bulldog ant venom is among the most toxic venom in the insect world.
  • They will often attack their victims from behind.

Generally, a bulldog ant sting is not fatal in humans and can be treated with antihistamines and pain reduction methods.


Tending to a bulldog ant sting

In Australia, it is most common to treat these stings with what is known as bush remedies which are comprised of traditional medicines Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders. The tips of broken ferns are rubbed onto the stung area. Emergency treatment is only necessary if the person is showing signs of anaphylactic shock. Before calling for help, the stung person should lay down and elevate their legs.

But don’t worry. We are perfectly safe here in Tennessee. Just don’t book an Air B&B in Australia this summer!


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