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What is a bull ant?

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Bull ants are a group of Australian ant species that grows up to 1.5 inches in length. They feed on plant fluids such as nectar and sometimes prey on animals. They live in large nests and attack intruders as a group using their large jaws and stingers.

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What is a bull ant?
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Bull ants live underground in forests, heath and urban areas. Their ability to survive in urban environments makes them a danger to humans. Their venom is painful and can cause allergic reactions, and each ant can deliver multiple stings. There are 90 species of bull ants in Australia with a variety of physical traits and behaviors.

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