Ant Fun Facts!!
Like all insects, ants have six legs. Each leg has three joints.
The legs of the ant are very strong so they can run very quickly. If a man could run as fast for his size as an ant can, he could run as fast as a racehorse.
Ants can lift 20 times their own body weight.
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.
The average life expectancy of an ant is about 40-60 days.
The common Black Ants and Wood Ants have no sting, but they can squirt a spray of formic acid.
The ant has two eyes, each eye is made of many smaller eyes.
The job of the queen is to lay eggs which the worker ants look after.
The Army Ant (Ecitron Burchelli) of South America, can have as many as 700,000 members in its colony.
At night the worker ants move the eggs and larvae deep into the nest to protect them from the cold.
The queen ant lays all the eggs in the anthill.
Wood ants squirt acid from the end of their abdomens.
Wood ant workers live seven to ten years.
Wood ants make anthills out of twigs, leaves and soil.
The queen ant lives up to ten or twenty years.
The wood ant can threaten the enemy with open jaws.
There are thirty-five thousand kinds of ants in the world.
The male ant has wings for a short while.
There are sixty species of ants in North America.
The queen ant has wings.
The army ant bites and stings any bug that comes toward it.
The army ant can even bite a huge snake.
Ants have two stomachs one for them and one to feed others.
Some ants sleep seven hours a day.
The queen licks the eggs to make them hatch.
The queen feeds her eggs her own saliva.
Some ants can have up to three queens.