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Ant on human flesh

Formicophilia, a form of zoophilia, is the sexual interest in being crawled upon or nibbled by small insects, such as ants.[1][2] This paraphilia often involves the application of insects to the genitals, but other areas of the body may also be the focus. The desired effect may be a tickling or stinging sensation, or the infliction of psychological distress on another person.[3]


  1. ^ Dewaraja, R (1987). "Formicophilia, an unusual paraphilia, treated with counseling and behavior therapy". American Journal of Psychotherapy 41 (4): 593–597. PMID 3434651. 
  2. ^ Dewaraja, R; Money J (1986). "Transcultural sexology: Formicophilia, a newly named paraphilia in a young Buddhist male". Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy 12 (2): 139–145. doi:10.1080/00926238608415401. PMID 3723604. 
  3. ^ Love, Brenda (1992). Encyclopedia of Unusual Sex Practices. Fort Lee, NJ: Barricade Books. p. 301. ISBN 1-56980-011-1.