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Pictures of Misc. Insects at Congaree National Park
Red Imported Fire Ants
Red Imported Fire Ants (Solenopsis invicta) - caught in a flood. NON-NATIVE INVASIVE! Fire ants have interesting strategies for surviving floods. Their adaptability makes them not only a non-native species, but a highly invasive one!
Grasshopper at Congaree NP
Red-footed Cannibalfly (Promachus rufipes)
Carolina Mantis (female)
The Carolina Mantis (Stagmomantis carolina) is the state insect of South Carolina.
Horned Passalus Beetle
Horned Passalus Beetle (Odontotaenius disjunctus). Larvae and adults live in colonies in logs. They feed on rotting wood.
Velvet Ant or Cowkiller (female)
Velvet Ant or Cowkiller (Dasymutilla occidentalis) - female. This is actually a wasp, not an ant. The bright colors warn to stay away - this insect has a painful sting!
Last updated: August 1, 2014