Ants sleep by taking about 250 one minute naps throughout their day. It totals just under 5 hours of sleep. This allows for 80% of their colony to be awake, working and prepared at any given moment. kingstownelawn.com/blog/d…
Wood ants practice chemistry, and will synthesize an antibiotic substance using tree resin and formic acid to protect the health of their colony. It is considered to be the most advanced act of evolutionary pharmacology seen in the animal kingdom youtu.be/vt7jGGroF0Q?t=14…
Today I learned of a rare reaction to sunburn called "Hell's Itch" or "Suicide Itch", affecting ~5% of the population, randomly. The condition is described as similar to having "fire ants hatching under your skin trying to get out" and uniquely is made much worse by creams and ointments, even aloe vera. insider.com/what-is-hells…
Ant queens can take over other colonies by murdering their real queen and bathing in her bodily fluids to avoid detection. Since ants can only parasitize other specific species, it is speculated that some ants decorate their homes with the heads of other ant species to mask their own scent. nationalgeographic.com/an…
When he was a boy, E.O. Wilson planned to be an ornithologist. But he was fishing one day and pulled a pin fish into his eye, kept fishing instead of getting help, and lost vision in his eye. This loss of vision led him to become an entomologist and the world’s foremost expert on ants. npr.org/transcripts/97547…
Ants nurse their wounded comrades after a raid. And if they deem themselves too deeply wounded they'll refuse treatment so they can tend to other ants with higher chances of survival. youtube.com/watch?v=MVTj_…
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…
There is a species of ant that essentially use kamikaze tactics to protect their nest. When attacked, one or more workers will attach themselves to the attacker and explode their abdomen, thus releasing a toxic goo all over the attacker. These ants are aptly named Colobopsis Explodens. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
The hedgehog was a holy animal for Persian Zoroastrians, and most houses had one living there to keep away ants, vipers and evil spirits avesta.org/vendidad/vd13s…
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…
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…
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…
Today I learned about Phengaris Rebeli, a cartepillar that tricks certain species of ants into believing that they are the queen and take over the ant nest en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phe…
Some humans can smell ants. popsci.com/story/science/…
Some leaf cutter ants grow antibiotics on their backs so that when their nests get infected with microbes they roll on it to kill bacteria. This new discovery is helping doctors and researchers stop the current antibiotic crisis. news.ncsu.edu/2018/02/ant…
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…
Worker ants take up to 250 naps everyday, with each nap lasting just over a minute. This equates to 4 hours and 48 minutes of sleep per day. news.bbc.co.uk/earth/hi/e…
Today I learned of Ophiocordyceps. It is a genus of fungi that is known for its parasitism on ants, in which it alters the behavior of the ants in such a way as to propagate itself more effectively, killing the ant and then growing its fruiting bodies from the ant's head and releasing its spores. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oph…
1964 Presidential runner Barry Goldwater sparked a national fad in 1947 with "Antsy Pants", men's underwear covered with red ants. newspapers.com/clip/15188…
Some spider species mimic ants and kill them one by one when they least expect it. They have a fake ant head that splits open to reveal deadly weapons. theconversation.com/spide…
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/…
Ant Queens can live up to 30 years of age while normal workers ants live to 1-3 years of age en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
In 1999, a Chinese ponzi scheme lasted for 8 years and cheated over a million people almost $1.2 billion by convincing people to invest in "ant farming" latimes.com/archives/la-x…
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…
Anteaters do not produce their own stomach acid. Instead, the ants consumed are digested in the very own acid the ants carry in their bodies: Formic acid. nhc.ed.ac.uk/index.php?pa…
Achilles's army are called the Myrmidons which literally translated means ant-men. This is in honour of the legend that Zeus created the first Phthians from ants britannica.com/topic/myrm…
There is a race of ants that makes slaves out of other ants en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sla…
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…
Ants can survive under water for 24 hours. ants.com/how-many-ants-li…
Crows are into β€œanting,” either rubbing ants on their feathers or sitting on an anthill and letting themselves be covered in ants. It’s not fully understood why, but there are some theories. npr.org/sections/krulwich…
A "supercolony" of Argentine ants (Linepithema humile) extends over 6,000km of European coastline from Italy to north-west Spain, and is composed of literally billions of workers from millions of cooperating nests. phys.org/news/2019-06-ama…
There are ants in Florida that collected the skulls of their dead prey. youtube.com/watch?v=heuYz…
The Austrian entomologist Gustav Mayr named more than 500 new species of ants en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gus…
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…
Today I learned of an "Ant Mill" or more commonly known as a "Death Spiral" in which a group of blind army ants lose the pheromone track of the main foraging party and begin to follow one another in a continuously rotating circle. The ants eventually die from exhaustion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
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…
Cow ants are not actually ants. They are ground dwelling parasitoid wasps. pestworld.org/pest-guide/…
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 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…
, 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…
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…
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…
Some people smoke ants to get high gulfnews.com/general/teen…
"Chemist" wood ants create a powerful anitbiotic from tree resin and formic acid to protect themselves from epidemics and deadly fungi sciencemag.org/news/2017/…
Some ants will farm aphids for the honeydew they secrete and even raise them from egg to adult in the ant nest. wikipedia.org/wiki/Aphid
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…
Weaver ants have it’s the insect version of squeezing glue from a bottle. An adult weaver holds a silk-producing larva in its jaws, spreading the larva’s sticky secretions to bind leaves for the colony nest. nationalgeographic.com/ma…
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…
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…
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…

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