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A genus of ants known as fire ants, which can inflict painful burning stings that cause local and occasionally systemic reactions.
The genus of fire ants, which can inflict painful burning stings that cause local and occasionally systemic reactions.
Solenopsis(so-le-nop'sis) [Gr. solen, pipe, gutter + -opsis]
A species of small stinging ants, including the fire ants.
The red imported fire ant, introduced into the southern U.S. in the 1930s. Its bite can cause welts or, in some instances, generalized anaphylaxis. See: fire ant bite
Solenopsis saevissma richteri
The black imported fire ant, native to western Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay, introduced into the U.S. in the 1940s.