Solenopsis invicta

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Solenopsis invicta

the red imported fire ant, a species imported from South America that has spread extensively within the southeastern U.S. where it has become a major pest of humans and animals; it readily stings humans, producing local swelling and pruritus with development of a pustule at the site of the sting and, in rare cases, it can cause anaphylactic shock with death from respiratory or cardiac arrest.
See also: Solenopsis richteri.

So·le·nop·sis in·vic·ta

(sōl-ĕ-nop'sis in-vik'tă)
The red fire ant, a species imported from South America that has spread extensively within the southeastern United States, where it has become a major pest of humans and animals; it readily stings humans, producing local swelling and pruritus with development of a pustule at the site of the sting and, in rare cases, can cause anaphylactic shock with death from respiratory or cardiac arrest.
See also: Solenopsis richteri
Synonym(s): red fire ant.

Solenopsis invicta

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
See also: Solenopsis
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For a little more than a decade, wildlife and conservation officials have been sounding the alarm in a series of increasingly compelling public information campaigns, which warn against the accidental or purposeful importation of such invasive species as the brown tree snake, the red imported fire ant and the biting sand fly, among others.
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The United States may be particularly prone to exotic ant invasions (Andersen 1997), as demonstrated by the Argentine ant (Smith 1936, Tremper 1976, Human and Gordon 1996), and the red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta (Tschinkel 1988, Porter and Savignano 1990, Vinson 1994).
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The stinging and invasive red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta Buren (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), has been reported from the Coachella Valley (Riverside County) of California, USA, since 1998 and has continued to spread throughout the region (Jetter et al.
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The invasion of North America by the red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta, has resulted in substantial ecological impacts, including decreased abundance and diversity of many fauna native to the southeastern United States (Porter et al., 1988; Porter and Savignano, 1990).