I am most nervous about getting bitten by a bullet ant. The bullet ant is one of the largest ants found in the rainforest. They can grow to be over an inch long, and they have fiercely sharp jaws, or mandibles. They can clamp down on their prey (or my leg) and hold on with extreme strength. They are very aggressive hunters, eating termites and other insects. Scientists have even seen bullet ants attack wasp nests.
Bullet ants drink nectar from flowers and other plants and also need water to survive. Bullet ants can open their mandibles wide and actually transport drops of liquid to their nests or to a safe place to drink.
For further exploration, check out the following web sites.
Wilderness Classroom's Rainforest Library
The Natural History of Bullet Ants
BBC Online: Ferocious Bullet Ants
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