Injected with Bullets

A well-known species of ant, the bullet ant is renowned for its painful sting, similar to the feeling of receiving a bullet wound. It most commonly makes its home under very specific species of plants in South America and they mostly forage in the trees. They rarely forage for food on the ground and usually only in relative emergencies. Their main significance is their involvement in the initiation rites of a certain people group in Brazil for young men to become warriors. Ants are rendered unconscious and placed in a glove made of leaves. When they awaken, the young man must keep it on his his hand for 5 minutes before he can remove it.

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