Fascinating Facts About Ants
Ants belong to Formicidae family, which also include sawflies, bees, and wasps. Research shows that ants evolved from a wasp-like insect about 99 million years ago. They are social insects, living in a large group of a colony where there is the Queen, the males, and the female workers. Their division of labor is quite extensive. Despite having no ear, ants are very cooperative and well-coordinated to accomplish their work. They communicate with each other by feeling the vibrations on the ground through their feet. The Queen is the only one that can lay eggs. The male ants’ role is to mate future queen – they may die after performing this duty. At the same time, female workers also act as soldiers, as they defend the queen, attack enemy’s colony to conquer more nesting place, gather or kill food. Ants may look like simple creatures but they are actually complex species. They even attack and raid other colonies to steal eggs and become their ant-slave when hatched.
With these characteristics, ants are a kind of fascinating insect. There are many interesting facts about ants and we will give you a closer look of their few fascinating features;
§ The total population of all ants is more than the population of humans on earth.
Scientist estimates that there are 10 quadrillion ants across the Earth, among these, are the 12,000 species of ants that are identified and known to exist.
§ Antarctica is the only continent that is the ant-free area.
Ants have traveled nearly everywhere on Earth. The little critters’ hives are literally swarming across the planet. They usually live in the tropical regions and have established themselves in at least 50 countries throughout the world.
§ Ants can carry 20 times of their own body weight.
To better illustrate this fact. If an 8-year-old human is as strong as an ant, she can pick up and carry a car by hand. Ant’s muscles are thicker than human or even those of larger animals. This helps them gain more power to carry large and heavy objects.
§ Ants use their unique compass
Ants leave scent trail called pheromone when foraging or when they are away seeking for food. They use these chemical traces to identify where they have been and to find their way back to their colony. Studies show that they also use pheromone for better communication with their fellows.
§ Ants have short life span
The oldest queen ant live recorded is 30 years, the longest of any insects. However, workers ants live 1-2 years while drone male usually survive a few weeks after mating the queen.
§ Ants are as old as Dinosaurs .
Biologists believe that ants evolved in the early Cretaceous period. This makes the ants way older than humanity. In 1966, a group of scientist found the oldest known ant fossil in Cliffwood Beach, New Jersey. The fossil remains of a primitive and extinct ant species called Sphercomyrma freyi that lived in the Cretaceous period.
§ 2.4 inches long ant.
Fortunately, this species no longer exists and is rather fossilized today. Titanomyrma giganteum is a genus prehistoric giant ant and the largest ant ever recorded with approximately 6 inches wingspan.
Ants has pretty interesting characteristics, right? They may look small, but they are not boring. They may be relatively small in size but they can outwit and outplay humans in a way that can affect human’s daily lives. Their huge population is sometimes uncontrollable especially in residential and commercials areas. For this cases, it is better to get a help from a professional pest control expert.
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