Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Facts About Ants

The average life expectancy of an ant is 45-60 days.

The ant has two eyes, each eye is made of many smaller eyes.

Ants are capable of carrying objects 50 times their own body weight with their mandibles.

The Army Ant (Ecitron Burchelli) of South America, can have as many as 700,000 members in its colony.

Ants lived alongside the dinosaurs.

Ants belong to the order "Hymenoptera" and are said to be closely related to sphecid wasps.

The largest ant ever discovered was actually a fossilized specimen belonging to Titanomyrma giganteum, was about 2.4 inches long and had a wingspan of almost six inches.

An ant’s waist has 1 or 2 movable parts providing great flexibility.

There are 22,000 different species of ant.

The queen ant lays all the eggs in the anthill.

An ant brain has about 250,000 brain cells. A human brain has 10,000 million so a colony of 40,000 ants has collectively the same size brain as a human.


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