Tuesday, March 22

Facts about ants

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Joey wants to tell you about ants! Have you ever sat and just watched ants? Joey and Jinger love to watch the ants carrying food and other stuff back to their colony. Ants live and work together as a team in their colonies. Ants are very cool and fascinating insects. There are over 12,000 different species of ants that live all around the world.


What ants live in your state?


Facts about ants:

1. Here is a list of some of the different types of ants in alphabetical order:

      Argentine ant

      Black garden ant

      Black house ant

      Bullet ant

      Carebara diversa ant

      Carpenter ant

      Electric ant

      Longhorn crazy ant

      Meat ant

      Red harvester ant

      Red wood ant

      Southern fire ant

      Tapinoma ant

      Yellow meadow ant

2. The queen ant is the leader and founder of the colony. Her role in the ant colony is to lay as many eggs as she can to populate her colony. All the worker ants are females and they are responsible for different tasks inside the ant colony. Some of the tasks the worker ants are responsible for are caring for the baby ants, getting food, and taking care of the queen ants. Drone ants are males and die shortly after mating with the queen ants.

3. Ants are very strong! Ants can carry up to 20 times their body weight or more depending on the species of ant.

4. Did you know that ants have two stomachs? One stomach is for their food needs and the other stomach is for feeding other ants like the queen ant. The queen is like royalty and she must be taken care of!

5. Some ants can live up to 30 years depending on the type of ant.  A Lasius niger queen ant has the longest recorded life span of any insect. She lived almost 29 years in captivity.

6. The Dinoponera is one of the largest ants in the world. They can grow one (1) to three (3) inches long. The Carebara munuta is one of the smallest ants in the world. They can grow to around 1 millimeter (mm) long. That is very tiny!

7. There are many rooms and passages in an ant colony. Some of the rooms are used for nurseries, the queen ant, food storage and rooms for the worker ants.

8. Did you know that ants do not have ears? They are capable of hearing by being able to sense vibrations.



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Books about ants:

1. Ants for Kids: by Beverly Gerdeman PhD

2. The Life and Times of the Ant by Charles Micucci

3. Anthill (Happy Fox Books) by Petra Bartikova

4. 1,001 Ants by Joanna Rzezak

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