The Polistes Foundation, a 501-c-3 non-profit organization
established in 2002 to help support Discover Life. It also helps support PHER.
This foundation was awarded permanent standing by the I.R.S. in 2007. It charges 10-15%
indirect costs on all funds that it handles, spending 85-90% on the research and education activities
of Discover Life, PHER, and partners.
If you wish to make a charitable donation to the Polistes Foundation, please contact
The Polistes Foundation
133 Washington Street
Belmont, MA 02478
Photograph by Gary Alpert
Solenopsis geminata (Fabricius, 1804)
Native to the southern United States and Central America,
this fire ant has invaded many parts of the world (see map).