Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The 24 Ants



This is taken from the path as we head towards the falls.


In my post I mentioned that we had seen 24 ants. One reader seemed surprised that we had counted the ants. It gave me a little chuckle because the'24' ant is a type of ant. It is large and bites as well as stings. I know from experience that the sting will not kill you, but it will hurt so much that for 24 hours you will wish you were dead. Thus the name, '24' ant.

Here is a picture of the one we saw at Iguazu which is actually a little on the small side for a 24.









and never mind about where I was bitten....






A little further down the trail, we saw the 'Three Musketeers Falls'.


The Three Musketeers!



Or, are these the Three Musketeers?




One of the falls before reaching the 'Garganta del Diablo' fall.


15 comments:

Brooke said...

I hate bugs...

The Hermit said...

Wow, that's some view there. Les Stroud was talking about some kind of ant when he made his show in the Amazon. He said if it bit you, the sting felt like red hot pincers pinching you. I don't much care for ants at the best of times, but these sound like they are in need of a good dose of black flag.

Kathy said...

Glad I didn't see any of those little buggers! UGH! (Did you really get a bite from one?!?!?)

redneck preacher said...

Actually there were four Musketeers (counting D'Artagnan).

Nice picks.

Not so nice ants.

HTOITA

Gringo said...

What an awe-inspiring place Iguazu is. No more need be said.

FJ said...

First there were 24 ants. Now there are zombie fire ants.

Jungle Mom said...

Kathy, I was bitten by one in Venezuela.

Jungle Mom said...

FJ, that is so incredible! freaky.

Kimberly said...

Great pictures! You look fabulous Rita.

FJ said...

Couldn't happen to a nicer critter, jm.

I still remember the side of our house in Caracas being covered with parasol ant trails...

Dani Joy said...

I loved Iguazu! It was a highlight of my trip to Paraguay! The Fannings even took us up in a plane! It´s so vast. And then it was so fun hearing the Portugese in Brazil.
I didn´t see those ants though. good thing.
Was it your first time there?

Steve B said...

Gorgeous falls, great looking musketeers, and one freakishly large ant. Yikes!

MK said...

A side-benefit of all that travel eh. Thanks for sharing those JM.

AllyJo said...

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God bless you. It's very nice to meet you.

Brenda said...

I'm just amazed that you can identify ant types. Kinda' got stuck on that :)