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Wednesday, 10 August 2011


It is estimated that there are about 10 million billion ants.

For every human there are 1.6 million ants on the planet, scientists estimate.

The total weight combined of the world's ant population is actually heavier than the weight of the human population.

When ants find food they lay down a chemical trail so as other ants can find their way from the nest to the food.

Scientists attached stilts to the legs of ants to prove that they return to their nests by counting their steps. The ants with stilts overshot their nest by roughly 50% due to the new length of their steps.

The jaws of a leaf cutter ant can move 1000 times a second.

An ant’s sense of smell is comparable to a dog's.

Ants can carry 10 to 20 times their body weight, and they will work together in small or large groups to move extremely heavy things.

An ants heart is a long tube that pumps colourless blood from the head back to the rear and then back up to the head again.

Ants are found on every land except Antarctica, Greenland and Iceland.

A study showed that 2.6% of ants in a colony are always active. Over 25% are observed to never be working, and 71.9% are inactive half of the time.

The biggest ant colony found so far is on the Ishikari Coast of Hokkaido: 306,000,000 ants, with 1,080,000 queens in 45,000 interconnected nests over an area of 2.7 square kilometers.

Ants farm and milk insects called aphids. Ants protect the aphids from predators and bring them food, then milk the aphids to produce a sweet substance known as honeydew, which the ants then store and eat.

Amazon ants, which are red ants found in the western United States steal the larvae of other ants to keep as slaves. The slave ants build homes for and feed the Amazon ants.

Armadillo ants are a rare genus of ants that inhabit the leaf litter of Neotropical forests in Central and South America, from Mexico to Brazil. They are the only ant species with an antenna socket apparatus sitting upside-down.

The bulldog ant, which is found in coastal regions in Australia, is the most dangerous ant in the world In attack it uses its sting and jaws simultaneously and has been known to kill adults within 15 minutes.

Some ant species can survive under water for up to 14 days or longer. They're so small that they need very little oxygen.

Camponotus saundersi, a species of Carpenter ant found in Malaysia and Brunei, can explode as an ultimate act of defense. As a last resort they contract their abs to rupture their internal glands, resulting in a suicidal burst of corrosive, immobilizing glue.

An ant has five noses.

Ants identify colony members by odor, which allows them to recognize and kill threats.

Ants Communicate by swapping spit.

If ants were scaled up to human-sized proportions, they would walk at around 52 miles per hour.

Ants never get into traffic jams, thanks to receptors that allow them to speed by each other without slowing down or colliding.

An ant always falls over on its right side when intoxicated.

When an ant gets too drunk, his fellow comrade will carry him back to the nest to sleep off the alcohol.

Ants stretch when they wake up in the morning.

An ant can survive for up to two days underwater.

Ants can sense earthquakes a day in advanc either by picking up changing gas emissions or noting tiny changes in the Earth's magnetic field

The ant is the animal with the largest brain in proportion to its size.

Male ants do not have fathers because fertilized eggs become females while unfertilized eggs become males.

An Amazonian ant called Mycocepurus smithii reproduces through cloning—no male of the species has ever been found.

The average life expectancy of an ant is about 90 days, though isolated ants live for just a week,

Queen Ants can live over 30 years, making them one of the longest living insects. 

When the only queen ant dies, so does the entire colony, because no new workers are born.

Roasted ants, known as "hormiga culona," are a common movie theater snack in Columbia.

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