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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The red imported red fire ant, Solenopsis invicta Buren (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), was introduced into the United States in the 1930s near Mobile, Alabama (Callcott & Collins 1996), from the Mesopotamian flood plain near Formosa in northern Argentina (Caldera et al.
Anaphylaxis caused by imported red fire ant sting in Malaga, Spain.
Selfish genes: a green beard in the red fire ant. Nature, 394, 573-575.
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auropunctata isn't the imported red fire ant bedeviling the southern United States, but the little fire ant does sting and is spreading through the tropics to become a menace in its own right.
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Special Award in Biological Sciences - Invertebrate Studies Emily Novak, College of Charleston Effect of the Imported Red Fire Ant on Determination of Postmortem Interval in Coastal South Carolina
In the 1930s, a red fire ant queen arrived in Mobile, Alabama, with the cargo of a South American freighter.
"Our work continues in order to develop novel technologies and strategies to control red fire ant populations and mitigate their damage," says Oi.--By Sharon Durham and Alfredo Flores, ARS.
Changes in the native fauna of the Galapagos Islands following invasion by the little red fire ant, Wasmannia auropunctata.
The flies used in these releases were collected in Las Flores, Argentina from the black fire ant Solenopsis richteri Forel in 1997 and reared on the red fire ant Solenopsis invicta Buren for 3 years in the laboratory.
This pathogen occurs in both monogyne and polygyne fire ant colonies (Valles & Briano 2004) and appears to be more common in the red fire ant S.