A Giant Forest Ant (Dinomyrmex gigas) spotted at Upper Seletar Reservoir Park, Singapore, on 24 Jan 2021. Judging from the size of its mandibles, this may be a Major Worker (Soldier), according to this link [ https://wiki.nus.edu.sg/display/TAX/Dinomyrmex+gigas+-+giant+forest+ant ].
As its name suggests, this is one of the largest ants found in South-east Asia. This one was larger than my thumbnail.
On iNaturalist [ https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/68535684 ]
@sohkamyung Reminds me of this usage https://duckduckgo.com/?t=canonical&q=ant+used+to+stitch+wounds&iax=images&ia=images
If true, they look ideal for the task! Real monsters!
@gemlog Hmmmm.... maybe not. The mandibles are for cutting, not for holding, so they may not hold the stitch together. Also, I don't know if the jaws relax or close tight when the ants heads are removed.
> when the ants heads are removed
I thought some of those fotos looked a bit... odd. Poor, headless, zombie ants.
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