Poison dart frogs are actually harmless when kept in captivity. In the wild, they only develop poison because they eat mostly ants, and the ants themselves ingest different varieties of poisonous plants. nationalgeographic.com/an…
The majority of Egyptian hieroglyphs represent sounds, not objects/ideas. In English, this would be like using pictures of a pear, ant, and hood to write "parenthood." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egy…
Squirrels don’t take β€œfall damage” because their terminal velocity is too low for it to do any damage on impact, it’s the same with ants. physicsforums.com/threads…
One of the first methods of recognizing diabetes in patients was through urine taste test, as ants were attracted to certain peoples' urine. In 1674, an English doctor named Thomas Willis described diabetic urine as β€œwonderfully sweet as if it were imbued with honey or sugar.'' sekisuidiagnostics.com/bl…
If you ever got shrunk down to the size of an ant, not only would everything look bigger to you, but the world would also appear almost a million times darker, light would no longer appear straight meaning that the world around you would be covered in a haze of blurriness and shadow askamathematician.com/201…
Certain ant species commit suicide to protect their territory. As stinging wasn't effective against some predators, they evolved the ability to self-sacrifice to kill one or more enemies. They wrap themselves around an opponent & explodes, releasing sticky corrosive material killing both. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aut…
Black Garden Ant queens can live up to 15 years. Some have even been reported to live up to 30. Worker ants even live to at least 4 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
Scientists discovered a cannibalistic ant colony composed entirely of worker ants in a abandoned Soviet Bunker in Poland. They had fallen down ventilation pipes leading into the bunker and reverted to cannibalism to survive. The scientists built a bridge that allowed most of them to escape. newsweek.com/cannibal-ant…
Scientists attached stilts to the legs of ants to prove that they return to their nests by counting their steps. The regular ants walked right to the nest and went inside. The ants on stilts walked right past the nest and got lost. This was because of the change in length of the legs. npr.org/sections/krulwich…
Zombie ants. The fungi Cordyceps infects the ants, and within 3 weeks it severs the ants' nerves, thus taking asymptomatic control. When matured, the ant is moved (at noon) to a leaf that is 25cm above the ground. A stalk erupts from the ant's head and releases spores to infect more ants. theatlantic.com/science/a…
Ants are amongst the few animals who passed the mirror test, which is a strong evidence of self-recognition, and indicates the possibility of self-awareness (i.e. a β€œsense of self”). animalcognition.org/2015/…
Today I learned of Myrmecocystus, (aka "honeypot" ants). When food is plentiful, honeypot colonies pick some ants to be living larders for the colony. Other ants stuff them with food until they're immobile. When food is short, workers poke the stored up ants and eat the vomited food. blogs.nasa.gov/whatoneart…
There is a fungus in Thailand that spreads into ants and controls their central nervous system making them perform actions to help its spread. It causes ants to climb trees and then fall into the moist soil where the fungus thrives. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/5/110511-zombies- nationalgeographic.com/ne…
, Ant traps don’t literally trap and kill ants. Workers carry small portions of the bait back to the nest where it is transferred mouth to mouth to other workers, larvae, and queens to kill the entire colony. terminix.com/blog/diy/rem…
An entomologist developed the Schmidt Pain Index to compare the pain and intensity of insect stings on a scale of 1-4; the most painful stings are those of the bullet ant, tarantula hawk, and warrior wasp. atlasobscura.com/articles…
There's a species of ants that abducts larvae of other colonies to use them as slaves. Their own "workers" do nothing but these raids. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pol…
Ants make up 15 to 20% of the terrestrial animal biomass. In rain forests, as much as 25% of it is ants. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
The Sarlaac pit from Star Wars was based off of a real insect called the ant lion, that traps ants in pits that they’re buried in, grabs them with venomous pincers, and repeatedly slams them into the ground until the die. discovermagazine.com/plan…
Once a Queen ant has mated she nips off her wings and uses the energy from the flight muscles and fat reserves to lay her first batch of eggs before eating weeks later. She stores the sperm acquired during her nuptial flight for decades continuing to lay fertilised eggs for her entire life. theconversation.com/six-a…
The Brazilian Treehopper exists, and has the most bizarre alien-like features, scientists can’t even figure out what they’re for, but it’s speculated that their bulbs mimic a parasite that creates zombie ants, so that predators won’t attack them. goodnewspestsolutions.com…
Microhylid, or narrow mouthed frogs, have a mutualistic relationship with tarantulas and they live in tree holes together. The tarantulas protect the frogs from snakes and the frogs protect tarantula eggs from ants. blogs.scientificamerican.…
Seagulls gather every summer to feast on swarms of flying ants as they emerge from their nests to mate (deemed as 'flying ant day'). The ants produce formic acid which can make the gulls feel 'drunk' bristolpost.co.uk/news/br…
Dracula ants, so named because they suck the blood of their young in a process dubbed "nondestructive cannibalism," were first discovered in a rotting log in Madagascar more than a decade ago. theguardian.com/environme…
The queen of a Black Garden Ant colony can live up to 15 years and it has been claimed that some have lived for 30 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
Virgin queen ants leave their existing colony to form their own in a process known as nuptial flight. In preparation for the flight, males emerge from their pupa case and are "quickly converted into single-purpose sexual missiles." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nup…
Ants have 2 stomachs - they use one to feed themselves, while the other stomach can be used to nurture others. This process of feeding among ants through their second stomach is called trophallaxis. sciencedirect.com/topics/…
Today I learned of Joan Murray who survived an 80 mph skydiving fall, thanks to landing on a mound of fire ants, who's bites are believed to have given her a rush of adrenaline which kept her heart beating. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joa…
A man lost in the Australian outback for 6 days without food or water survived by eating ants bbc.com/news/world-austra…
Ants don’t take fall damage perryponders.com/2015/07/…
A female ant which is capable of sexual reproduction, but isn't a queen, is referred to as a "gamergate" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gam…
People eat ant eggs and they are considered a delicacy in Mexico. thebugtrotters.com/en/wik…
There is a spider species, Bagheera kiplingi, that is mostly herbivorous, even actively avoiding confrontation with other insects while foraging for food. They sometimes rarely steal ant larvae or cannibalize during dry season, when the plant they prefer would be unavailable. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bag…
Some ants will do anything for sex! In this clip from "Natural World: Ant Attack" this ant pulls his own wing off to mate with a queen! youtube.com/watch?v=dOcse…
Today I learned of the Brazilian Ant Forelius pusillus, which each night sends a few ants to completely conceal and protect the colony’s entrance. Those ants, stuck outside in the cold and the wind, wander away from the nest to die during the night sacrificing themselves for the greater good. discovermagazine.com/plan…
Massive ant swarms on the sidewalk are not ants gathering food or establishing a colony but actually "large scale" territorial ant wars between two colonies bygl.osu.edu/node/1029
Army Ants Are Being Used To Stitch Up Wounds In The Villages Of Africa buzznick.com/army-ants-us…
In Colombia, dried ants replace popcorn as the typical movie theater snack. thedailymeal.com/travel/8…
Ants have designated paramedics that are assigned to rescue their wounded soldiers, carry them back to their nest and help them heal by gently holding the hurt limb in place with their mandibles and front legs while intensely β€œlicking” the wound for up to 4 minutes. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Ants can easily survive being microwaved due to having a large body surface area to volume ratio and an ability to position themselves in between microwaves beams due to their small size. independent.co.uk/environ…
Myrmica sabuleti, or the Myrmica Ant, is often tricked by a caterpillar species that pretends to be ant larvae. It waits on a thyme leaf until the ants spot it and carry it to their nest, where it then feeds on ant grubs for the next 10 months before emerging as a Large Blue butterfly. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myr…
The ManhattAnt is a unique species of ant found only in New York City. Biologists stumbled upon them in the Broadway medians at 63rd and 76th streets in 2010, and the biologists claim the ant species does not match any of the 13,000 known species. The ants subsist on a diet high in corn syrup. blog.therainforestsite.gr…
Today I learned of a parasitic fungus called cordyceps that infects ants. Once a spore finds a host it grows a network of roots inside, delivering chemicals that will eventually give the fungus full control of the ant, using the body to reach a suitable place to grow. It anchors down with its jaws, permanently. youtube.com/watch?v=vijGd…
Today I learned of a parasitic fungus that turns ants into 'zombies' nationalgeographic.com/an…
Today I learned Jonestown Survivor Jackie Speier Who was Shot in the Head and Stomach After an Ambush, Survived and Crawled into a Forest Only to be Attacked by a Swarm of Fire Ants. She spent 22 hours Without Medical Help. sfgate.com/opinion/articl…
Research on Ants with barcode tags shows that Ants take sick days. When some members of the colony are exposed to pathogens, they spend less time in the nest. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Ants eat more meat than lions, tigers and wolves combined time.com/3955673/ant-man-…
Ornithologists believe birds rub ants on their wings as the formic acid that the ants release may kill feather lice en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
Real-life Zombies exists in nature. One example is Zombie Ants, insects infected with a fungal parasite that controls their body and mind, making them crawl up plants where they stay put. When they die, their infectious fungal spores rain down on other ants below, spreading the contagion. bbc.com/earth/story/20170…
The "ultimate parasitic ant" spends most of its adult life clinging to the back of its host, laying two eggs every minute. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tet…
The SaterΓ©-MawΓ© tribe of Brazil have a ritual where they subject themselves to the sting of over 120 bullet ants, which have a sting 30 times more painful than that of a wasp. youtube.com/watch?v=Cb5BK…
There are ant colonies that span hundreds of miles en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arg…
The US bombed the South indiscriminately with pesticides to try to eradicate fire ants but instead killed native insects and birds that otherwise would have kept them in control youtu.be/rz3UdLEWQ60
Some species of ant, such as the Polyergus lucidus are known as slave-making ants. They invade neighboring ant colonies, capturing its inhabitants and forcing them to work for them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sla…
Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of Mario and Zelda, came up with the idea of Pikmin when gardening. He saw a line of ants carrying leaves towards their nest and wondered what the scene would look like if they were tiny people instead. kotaku.com/pikmin-has-the…
100 grams of red ants provide 14 grams of protein (more than eggs), almost 48 grams of calcium, and a nice hit of iron, among other nutrients. All that for 100 calories. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
In pharaoh ant colonies, worker ants regulate the amount of worker ants and reproductive ants by eating larvae of the type that is in surplus en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pha…
The red velvet ant is a species of parasitic wasp native to the eastern US. It is best known for its extremely painful sting, earning it the nickname cow killer. Female ants lay their eggs on the larvae of eastern cicada killers, and the ant grubs then consume their hosts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Das…
Many bird species engage in "anting", where they actively rub ants onto themselves to excrete their body's chemicals. As to why, hypotheses include using the chemicals to ward off pests, preparing them to eat, for grooming their feathers, and for stimulating themselves. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
Disney's 'A Bug's Life' was inspired by the Aesop fable 'The Ant and the Grasshopper' were the Grasshopper (who has spent all summer singing) begs the Ant for food (who has spent all summer storing it) when winter arrives, but he is refused en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_B…
Argentine ants in Europe have taken over a 3,700-mile stretch of coast along the Mediterranean Sea. This single colony is the largest ever discovered and it’s wider than Rhode Island and Delaware combined. ants.com/how-many-ants-li…
Once a year in parts of England flying ants migrate. Seagulls catch and eat them and then become drunk off the ants' formic acid, causing them to crash into buildings and moving cars. huffingtonpost.co.uk/entr…
Weaver ants (Oecophylla) direct their larvae to produce silk, which is used to bind leaves together to form water resistant nests for the colony. nationalgeographic.com/ma…
The common black garden ant queen has an average lifespan of 15 years, with some living up to around 30. And while under laboratory conditions, workers can live at least 4 years. Watch your step! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
Today I learned about Crazy Ants. An invasive ant species invading the united states; they disrupt food chains by eating everything, are immune to fire ant venom, and the trickiest ant for exterminators. So numerous they blanket the ground, they also target and short out electronics like air conditioners. mnn.com/earth-matters/ani…
The panda ant (Euspinolia militaris), so-called because of its black and white alternating coloration, is actually a species of wasp found in the forests of Chile and Argentina. They are known to deliver a very painful sting when they attack. Females are wingless and males have wings. boredpanda.com/panda-ant-…
People in Africa sometimes use army ants as sutures. They let the ant bite the wound, and then snap the body off ripleys.com/weird-news/th…
Ants will refuse β€œmedical” help from their colony if they know they are mortally wounded. Rather than waste the colony’s resources and energy on futile rehabilitation, the wounded ant flails its legs, forcing help to abandon them. news.nationalgeographic.c…
Today I learned of formicophilia, the sexual kink of being crawled upon or bitten by insects, specifically ants, or other small creatures (formica = ant, philia = love). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
The mass of the entire population of ants on earth is about 8-9 times greater than the mass of the entire human population npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
The accidental introduction of the Yellow Crazy ant has devastated the populations of Christmas Island red crabs. In an effort led by researchers from La Trobe University and Parks Australia, predatory wasps from South-East Asia were introduced to combat the invasive ant supercolonies. abc.net.au/news/2019-01-1…
Ants don’t eat leaves. They use them to grow white tufts of nutritious fungus to feed their offspring. youtube.com/watch?v=-6oKJ…
Ants will refuse β€œmedical” help from their colony if they know they are mortally wounded. Rather than waste the colony’s resources and energy on futile rehabilitation, the wounded ant flails its legs forcing help to abandon them. news.nationalgeographic.c…
Cleopatra had a special lipstick made for her, consisting of a crushed mixture of ants and deep red carmine beetles. indianapublicmedia.org/am…
Army ants can accidentally misinterpret the chemical trails left by other ants and start walking in circles. If too many members of the colony join in, it can kill the whole colony in what is sometimes known as the 'Death Spiral.' or 'Ant Milling.' mnn.com/earth-matters/ani…
The The Saharan silver ant could clock nearly a metre per second, walking as fast than a pedestrian. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sah…
Today I learned of Manhattants, a species of ants unique to NYC. nypost.com/2012/09/02/new…
A Queen Ant can live up to 30 years news.stanford.edu/news/20…
An ant wouldn't get killed if you microwave it. They dont have a high enough water content and because they are so small they can "dodge" the hot spots in the microwave just by walking around. independent.co.uk/environ…
Some spiders disguise themselves as ants by pretending their two front legs are antennae.More than 300 species of spiders are known to mimic the outward appearance of ants, a phenomenon called myrmecomorphy. theconversation.com/spide…
Pangolins eat ants, and since they don’t produce stomach acid themselves, they use the formic acid ants produce to digest them. youtu.be/mbnBYh-BJ1g
The naked mole-rat is the first mammal discovered to exhibit eusociality. This eusocial structure is similar to that found in ants, termites, and some bees and wasps. Only one female (the queen) and one to three males reproduce, while the rest of the members of the colony function as workers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nak…
The average home has more than 100 different species of flies, spiders, beetles, ants, and other bugsβ€”with an even greater variety inside houses in wealthier neighborhoods. Instead of pests, they are mostly benign species that are often so small that we don't notice them. latimes.com/science/scien…
Between 63rd and 76th streets in New York City, scientists discovered an ant species found nowhere else on earth. It has been nicknamed the β€œManhattAnt.” smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
The total weight of all the ants on earth is the same as, if not greater than the total weight of humans on the planet antark.net/ant-facts/worl…
Ants manage large-scale infrastructure projects with no coordination at all. Each ant acts alone, solving problems such as removing obstructions as they are encountered. Research points to the simple, evolutionary energy-saving principle of: "If you do not need to communicate, don't!" phys.org/news/2019-01-ant…
Some species of queen ants can live up to 30 years en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Que…
A species of ants called Colobopsis Explodens (β€œkamikaze ant”) explodes in an act of self-sacrifice when it is threatened; covering and killing it’s attacker with toxic goo. cbc.ca/radio/quirks/chemi…
Insects of the suborder Apocrita (bees, wasps, hornets, ants) are responsible for more deaths in the UK than any other animal. planetdeadly.com/animals/…
Pissant is not just an insult, it is an actual type of ant that smells like urine pestproducts.com/pissant.…
Cockroaches wont eat cucumbers. This is due to a chemical in cucumbers (trans-2-nonenal) which acts as a natural replent for ants and roaches. hunker.com/13420968/how-t…
Humans weren't the first species to discover agriculture. That honor belongs to multiple species of ants (and termites) who beat us to it by 50-60 million years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
There is a species of beetle that lives in ant nests by imitating the sounds of the ant queen. These beetles feed on ant eggs, larvae and adults by piercing their mandibles into the abdomen or other soft part and sucking the contents. There appears to be no benefit to ants from the association. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
Four times as many people are killed by ants every year than are killed by sharks. mnn.com/earth-matters/ani…
The world's foremost expert on ants chose to study ants because when he begun his entomology career in 1947, insect pins were hard to come by due to WWII metal shortages. Unlike other insects, ants are stored in vials, not pinned. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E._…
Joan Murray survived a 14,500 ft fall when her main parachute failed while skydiving. She landed in a fire ant mound. Numerous venomous stings caused an adrenaline rush to keep her heart beating long enough for doctors to assist. skydiving.com/news/2017/s…
Today I learned of the "lemon ant", which gets its name for tasting like lemon when eaten. This same ant also is known for creating a "devils garden" by releasing its own herbicide which creates a natural clearing on the rain forest floor where at most three plant species can survive. worldatlas.com/articles/w…
Today I learned of Polyrhachis sokolova, the most aquatic of all ants, which nests at the base of mangrove trees and scavenges organisms that wash up in the tides. Its nests are mound-like, with a small opening at the top, and are completely submerged at each high tide. antwiki.org/wiki/Polyrhac…
Scientists attached stilts to the legs of ants to prove that they return to their nests by counting their steps. The ants with stilts overshot their nest by roughly 50% due to the new length of their steps. animals.howstuffworks.com…
You could drop ant from Empire state building and it wouldn't die, because ants are so lightweight that they can fall from any height without dying. perryponders.com/2015/07/…
The "bulldog" ant is the worlds most deadly. Smaller than a thumbnail it uniquely stings and bites simultaneously. Unafraid of humans it has been known to kill adults within 15 minutes. guinnessworldrecords.com/…

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