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Facts about Ants

Updated on February 5, 2010

Amazing Ants

Ants are AMAZING!
If you don't agree with me on this, read these interesting facts on these amazing insects and you will definitely agree with me on this. Now I love ants too, just like I love platypus.

A Bullant's Closeup
A Bullant's Closeup

Interesting Facts about Ants

An ant's abdomen contains two stomachs. one stomach holds food for itself while the other one contains food to be shared with other ants.

They have six legs, all of them having three joints each.

Did you know these amazing intelligent insects use tools?

They have 250,000 brain cells while humans have 10,000 million.

There is a type of ants known as slave-maker ants, they raid the nests of other ants and steal their pupae. When these new ants hatch, they work as slaves within their colony.

Many ants such as the common Red species have a sting which is used to defend their nest.

Army Ants are nomadic and they are always moving. They carry their larvae and their eggs with them in a long column.

Did you know some birds put ants in their feathers because they squirt formic acid which gets rid of the parasites.

Average life expectancy of an ant is between 35 to 60 days.

Did you know they groom each other?

Ants are quite particular about their hygiene and use a special rubbish dump. Some worker ants are given the job of taking the rubbish from the nest and putting it outside in a special rubbish dump.

They may form 15 - 20% of the terrestrial animal biomass.

Combined weights of ants on earth is more than the combined weight of humans.

These insects have two eyes where each eye is made of many smaller eyes. These eyes are known as compound eyes.

Did you know they love hang gliding?

The head of the ant has a pair of large, strong jaws. The jaws open and shut sideways like a pair of scissors.

A group of ants is called army or colony.

Did you know that some ants have wings?

Their eggs are groomed by licking.

Army Ants are nomadic and they are always moving. They carry their larvae and their eggs with them in a long column.

The army ant of South America can have as much as 70,000 members in its colony.

Their size varies from 0.08 to 1 inch.

At night the worker ants move the eggs(which are laid by the queen) and larvae deep into the nest to protect them from the cold.

Some of them sleep seven hours a day, while a type of ant i.e. fire ant takes about 250 naps each day.

An ant can lift more than 3 times its own body weight. A huge number of people and websites say they can lift 20 times the weight of their body but I will take the word of National Geographic as their website clearly states about the amount of weight they can lift is thrice their own body weight.

They rarely fight but when they fight it is a fight to death most of the time.

It is a known fact that ants use their antennas for touch, but did you know the antennas are also used to smell things?

What do you say?

After reading these facts, now what do you think of ants. Tell us in comments beow.

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      SRISHTI 5 years ago

      ARMY ANTS ARE NOT NOMADIC

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      Earl Butz 5 years ago

      Ants really ARE awesomely awesome!

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      mingi 5 years ago

      awsome i am facinated

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      anastasia 5 years ago

      i really liked it,but i am doing a reserch paper on HOW DO ANTS BUILD THEIRE HOMES? the other stuff was good.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      vijay singh 5 years ago

      The perfect creation of God,and an example of His providence.

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      dghjkdh 5 years ago

      WONDERFUL...

      i had a project about ants...

      realy fasinating

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      apples 5 years ago

      Ants are so fasinating!

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      x.Vijaya kumar 5 years ago

      very well, but I want to know why the Ants were moving in a Que or line

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      viswonatham 6 years ago

      amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      ananta 6 years ago

      ants are very amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      ananta 6 years ago

      ants are really amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      william.fischer29 6 years ago

      Fascinating topic, Ultimate Hubber.

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      sean 6 years ago

      stupid ants

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      Ultimate Hubber 6 years ago

      Hey papa sez, I just checked your hub and commented.

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      Papa Sez 6 years ago from The Philippines to Canada

      Hi UH, I just published a hub on weaver ants, the kinds that cooperatively weave leaves together using larval silk. Just to add to the amazing facts you enumerated here, weaver ants also have symbiotic relationships with other insects such as butterfly larvae that live in their nests and spiders that look like weaver ants. Check it out :)

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      DIHJFN  6 years ago

      LOl im using this for my project hehehehehe lolololol blah blah blah

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      Lily 6 years ago

      thank you with my project about ants you are awsome :>

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      brett 6 years ago

      ants are cool to me a think am going to get a ant farm

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      Thalia Grace 6 years ago

      doin a project on ants...this really helps.

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      vidur 6 years ago

      opes i said something rong I love ants!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      vidur 6 years ago

      dsdf

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      j from ray 7 years ago

      i like luuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuv ants theyre soooooooooooooooooooooooooo adorabubble!

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      jack jonson 7 years ago

      i am jack jonson!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      lily 7 years ago

      ants are small and sometimes can be nasty

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      mikhala 7 years ago

      can ants kill very sick people!!!

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      zach 7 years ago

      great,thanks

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      WJo 7 years ago

      They too always fall on the right side when poisoned

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      francesco 7 years ago

      i am doing a very inportant project on ants and i am very interested in the ants. thanks

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      Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago

      Go figure who counted. After reading this comment, I wonder if you have as much brain cells as ants have.

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      Rasta 7 years ago

      "They have 250,000 brain cells while humans have 10,000 million." who counted?

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      Ultimate Hubber 8 years ago

      You are right Ethel. I might some day add facts about honey bees too. They too are so organized.

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      Eileen Kersey 8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      It is so often true that the tiniest creatures are the most amazing. Look at the humble flea?

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      Ultimate Hubber 8 years ago

      So now you find ants amazing? :)

      Ants are so organized, they amaze me!

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      These are some wonderful interesting facts! I've never known that there were such a thing as a slave-maker ant! That would equate to stating that those ants are capable of premeditated crime!