Fire ant sting
A scourge, these red or yellow ants of small-to-medium size, originally from South America, have a severe sting that burns like fire. Their sting—like that of bees, yellow jackets, hornets and wasps — can trigger allergic reactions varying greatly in severity. Avoidance and prompt treatment are essential. In selected cases, allergy injection therapy is highly effective. (The three "A’s" of insect allergy are Adrenaline, Avoidance and Allergist.)

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  • Fire ant — Taxobox image caption = Solenopsis queens and workers image width = 250px regnum = Animalia phylum = Arthropoda classis = Insecta ordo = Hymenoptera subordo = Apocrita familia = Formicidae subfamilia = Myrmicinae tribus = Solenopsidini genus =… …   Wikipedia

  • fire ant — ant n any ant of the genus Solenopsis esp IMPORTED FIRE ANT * * * 1. any ant of the genus Solenopsis. 2. any ant with a fierce sting …   Medical dictionary

  • fire ant — fire′ ant n. ent any of several omnivorous ants having a burning sting • Etymology: 1790–1800 …   From formal English to slang

  • fire ant — n. any of a genus (Solenopsis) of ants whose sting causes a burning sensation, esp. a South American species ( S. invicta) that has become a severe pest in the S U.S …   English World dictionary

  • fire ant — noun omnivorous ant of tropical and subtropical America that can inflict a painful sting • Hypernyms: ↑ant, ↑emmet, ↑pismire • Member Holonyms: ↑Solenopsis, ↑genus Solenopsis * * * noun : a stinging ant; …   Useful english dictionary

  • fire ant — any of several omnivorous ants, as the migrant Solenopsis geminata originating in tropical and subtropical South America, having a sting that produces a burning sensation. [1790 1800] * * * Any of a genus (Solenopsis) of insects in the ant family …   Universalium

  • fire ant — /ˈfaɪər ænt/ (say fuyuhr ant) noun a small red ant, Solenopsis invicta, with a painful burning sting, native to South America, and introduced into the southern United States in the 1930s; in 2001 established in Australia in the Brisbane region; a …   Australian English dictionary

  • fire ant — n. omnivorous ant that causes a painful burning sting found in South America and the southern United States …   English contemporary dictionary

  • fire ant — noun a tropical American ant with a painful sting. [Solenopsis invicta and other species.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • fire ant — noun Any of several red or yellow North American ants, of the genus Solenopsis, that can inflict a harsh sting …   Wiktionary

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