Taxonomic identity of "hallucinogenic" harvester ant (Pogonomyrmex californicus) confirmed

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Abstract

The use of California harvester ants (Pogonomyrmex californicus) for visionary and therapeutic ends was an important but poorly-documented tradition in native south-central California. In this brief report, a confirmation of the taxonomic identity of the red ant species used in California is presented, and the descriptive record of its use is supplemented with additional ethnographic accounts. This taxonomic identification of this species is of particular importance, as visionary red ant ingestion provides the only well-documented case of the widespread use of an insect as an hallucinogenic agent.
LanguageEnglish
Pages133-144
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Ethnobiology
Volume21
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

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Pogonomyrmex californicus
Solenopsis geminata
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therapeutics
insects
harvester ants

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