Okay, this isn’t my picture (because for maybe the first time ever, I saw something awesome without my phone on me) but I just came across one of these enormous ants. I thought it was a small cockroach, actually. It was about an inch and a half long and as wide as my pinky finger. It was moving really fast and it was neon red. I saw it skittering across the ground behind the building where I work at the Lab, and a guy saw me bending over it and told me that they’re called “cow killer” ants and their sting hurts worse than a wasp. I backed away pretty quickly.
He also told me that they are an invasive species, brought here on the railroad ties from the south during the construction of the Long Island Railroad. He glanced at my flip-flops and said, “That’s a queen ant, there. Be careful with those sandals. Wouldn’t want her to getcha.”
YIKES. Long Island really is just full of bug horrors around every corner.