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Those small insects that tend to break up your picnic are actually fascinating creatures. These insects may be small, but they are definitely not dull. It is estimated that there are more than 22,000 different ant species, but only 12,500 have actually been identified. With so many different species from around the world, there is bound to be some interesting information about each of them. Here are a few interesting facts about ants that will give you a little more appreciation for these tiny, crawling insects.

Fun Facts About Ants

  • Ants have been around for a very long time. In fact, a study from Harvard and Florida State University found that ants were alive during the Cretaceous period, which was nearly 130 million years ago. This means they are as old as the dinosaurs.
  • Ants can carry up to 20 times their own weight.
  • Ants don’t have ears. They use vibrations in the ground to “hear.”
  • Ants have tiny holes all over their body which helps them breath. They do not have lungs. Instead, oxygen enters these holes and carbon dioxide leaves through them.

Facts About Queen Ants

  • Queen ants can live up to 30 years, which is the longest of any insect. Worker ants only live one to three years.
  • When a queen ant dies, she is rarely replaced. This means that within a few months, the entire colony can die.
  • Queen ants know what it is like to have children. Throughout the duration of their life, they can have millions of babies.
  • The main role of a male ant is to reproduce with the Queen. After they complete this task, they die.

Amazing Facts About Ants and Their Location

  • There are plenty of ants to go around. It is estimated that at any one time, there is between one and 10 quadrillion ants alive on the planet.
  • You can find different species of ants on every content except for Antarctica and the Arctic. In addition, there is one species, the Argentine ant, that has been found on six continents.
  • Even though many species of ants can sting and bite, they aren’t dangerous. However, there is one species of ant, the Bulldog Ant that is found in Australia, whose sting can seriously hurt or can even be fatal.

Ants are intriguing insects that do much more than just build tunnels and carry crumbs. By knowing a little bit more about ants, you may develop a whole new appreciation for them.

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