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 There are more than 10,000 known species of ants living all over the world. Ants can be identified by the constriction between the abdomen and chest, which resembles a narrow waist. Their bodies are covered with a hard armor called an exoskeleton. Most ants are red or black and like other insects, they have six legs; Each has three joints. Ants have large heads with compound eyes, elbows, and powerful jaws.

 

Facts about ants

Species in the colony

There are three types of adult ants living in the colony: the queen, the female ants, and the male ants. The queen ant is the largest ant in the colony. They have wings and their purpose is to lay eggs. Queens can live up to 30 years. Depending on the type of ant and the size of the nest community, there may be one or more queens in the colony. The female ant is smaller than the queen, and is wingless and sterile. Females produce from fertilized eggs and can live up to three years. Female ants, known as workers or soldiers, tend to eggs, tend to caterpillars, build and restore the nest, gather food, and protect the colony. Male ants develop from unfertilized eggs, and male ants have wings and are fertile to mate with the queen. Male ants are much smaller than females and have longer antennae. Males leave the colony for only one day to mate. They usually die 10-14 days after mating.


Reproduction and life cycle

The life cycle of ants has four stages of development: egg, larva, pupae, and adult. The queen lays eggs, which hatch into larvae within two days. Worker ants feed on the helpless larva until it passes its pupal stage. In more than a week an adult ant will appear and metamorphosis is complete.

 

Ant habitat

Ants are social insects that live in organized nesting communities all over the world. Species determine the ants' habitat - whether they live underground, in mounds built at ground level, in wooden structures or in plants or trees. Soil and plant material are usually used to build nests. In cold regions, ants become inactive during the winter months. In warmer temperatures and climates, ants continue to thrive.

 

Facts about ants

amazing facts 

Ants are one of the most amazing creatures that roam the earth. Some of the more interesting facts include:

Some species of ants have been around for about 100 million years. Ants survived the mass extinction known as the Third Cretaceous that wiped out many dinosaurs and prehistoric animal species about 65 million years ago.

- Ants are literally everywhere! Unless you live in the Arctic, Antarctica, or one of a few remote islands, you likely have at least one type of ant to contend with. Hawaiians have to endure at least 50 known species of ants!

Although you probably won't see an ant playing a barbell in the gym, don't consider its small size a sign of weakness. Where ants can lift objects about 20 times more than their body weight.

- Ants take the spirit of cooperation to an absolutely amazing level; As many as 50 million ants can gather to function as one highly organized and efficient colony.

A single small ant can have up to 250,000 brain cells, so a colony of 40,000 ants has the same number of brain cells as a human.


Facts about ants


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