Amazing facts about ants

Amazing facts about ants


Ants, as tiny as they may be, are incredible creatures.Ants, they are more of a nuisance than a pest. Well, that does depend on which country you live in as some can pack a nasty bite. There are many known ant species found across the earth, and have been the subject of many films and television shows.Ants are pretty spectacular critters. They may be rather small, but that doesn’t mean that they are boring. Here, we’ve complied some of the most amazing facts about ants .

  • They have superhuman strength:

Ants are ridiculously strong. They have the ability to carry between 10 and 50 times their own body weight! The amount an ant can carry depends on the species. The Asian weaver ant, for example, can lift 100 times its own mass.

  • Ants hold the record for the fastest movement in the animal kingdom:

The aptly named species of trap jaw ant, can close its jaws at 140mph, which it uses to kill its prey or injure predators. Image if that bit you on the bum!

  • Ants don’t have lungs:

Due to their small size, ants don’t have the room to accommodate a complex respiratory system such as ours. Instead, they have their own ways of respiration to help transport oxygen around their bodies.

Ants breathe in oxygen through spiracles which are a series of holes located around the sides of their bodies.

  • Ants don’t have ears:

Unlike other pests such as rats, ants don’t have ears. But that doesn’t mean they are deaf.

Ants use vibrations to hear, using it when foraging for food or as an alarm signal. They use the vibrations in the ground to hear by picking them up in the subgenus organ which is located below the knee.

  • Fire ants cause over £3 billion worth of damage a year:

North America’s red imported fire ant might only be little, but the tiny critters have a painful bite which causes a burning sensation – hence the name “fire ant”, which costs the US millions in veterinary and medical bills every year! They’ve also been known to cause damage to farmer’s crops.

  • The largest ant colony ever found was over 6000 Km or 3750 miles wide:

A giant colony of invasive Argentinian ants stretching 6000 Km or 3750 miles has been discovered in Europe posing a major threat to local animals and crops. Although they exist in their usual smaller group size in their homeland, the colonies have merged to create one massive super colony.

  • An Ant's Parents Help Determine Its Future:

Collaborative studies have shown that the mother-father combination plays a role in determining what an ant’s caste will be when it grows older. Eurek Alert mentions that while it is in part determined by how many nutrients the larvae receives, closer examinations have proven that certain mother-father combinations are in fact more likely to lead to “royalty” than others.

  • There Are More Than 10,000 Species:

According to National Geographic, there are more than 10,000 separate species of ants here on earth. Most of them are thought to live in tropical rainforests, where more than half of the world’s insects live.

  • Ants Are As Old As Dinosours:

Archaeologists estimate that Homo sapiens (modern humans) have been on the Earth for some 200,000 years. That’s just a fraction of the age of the Earth, which is some 4.54 billion years old. The first humans evolved (“Homo“) from australopithecine ancestors about 2 million years ago. This time frame makes ants far, far older than humanity. Scientists estimate that ants came about in the mid-Cretaceous period, which was an amazing 110 to 130 millionyears ago. Accordingly, humans are the babies on planet Earth.

  • Like Humans, Ants Have Conquered The Globe:

Ants are quite the travelers. They are found nearly everywhere on Earth, with the exception of Antarctica and the Arctic (there are also a few islands that seem to be free of ants). There is one species of ant, the Argentine ant, known as Linepithema humilespecies, that has invaded 6 continents. Within the last century, these little critters have established themselves in at least 15 countries throughout the world, and they don’t seem to be stopping their conquest. The hives are literally swarming across the planet.


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