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FACTS ABOUT ANTS
08/20/2016

  1. How many known species of ants are there? 10 000
  2. How do ants tell other ants where the food is? By leaving a trail of scent. 
  3. How long do ants live? 45-60 days 
  4. What is the latin name of the slave maker ant (Polyergus Rufescens).
  5. How do ants know if another ant comes from the same nest? (because of the smell) 
  6. What is the name of the outer covering of an ant's body? (the exoskeleton)
  7. How do the red ant species protect their nest? (with a sting) 
  8. What are four stages of an ant's life? egg, larva, pupa and adult 
  9. Why do some birds put ants in their feathers? (to kill the parasites) 
  10. Where does the Ecitron Burchelli ant live? (South America)
  11. How many stomachs do ants have? (two) 
  12. How many legs do ants have? (six) 
  13. How many joints in each leg? (three) 
  14. What do ants do with the eggs at night? (put them deeper into the nest) 
  15. What kind of acid do ants spray? (formic) 
  16. Which type of ant steals eggs from other nests? (Slave Maker)
  17. If an ant weighs 1 gram how much can it lift (20 Grams)
  18. 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.
  19. Ants use their antenae not only for touch, but also for their sense of smell. The head of the ant has a pair of large, strong jaws.
  20. The jaws open and shut sideways like a pair of scissors. Adult ants cannot chew and swallow solid food.  Instead they swallow the juice which they squeeze from pieces of food. They throw away the dry part that is left over.
  21. The ant has two eyes, each eye is made of many smaller eyes.
  22. The abdomen of the ant contains two stomachs. One stomach holds the food for itself and second stomach is for food to be shared with other ants.
  23.  Ants have four distinct growing stages, the egg, larva, pupa and the adult. Biologists classify ants as a special group of wasps. (Hymenoptera Formicidae) There are over 10000 known species of ants. Each ant colony has at least one or more queens.
  24. The Army Ant (Ecitron Burchelli) of South America, can have as many as 700,000 members in its colony.
  25. During the daytime, the worker ants move the eggs and larvae of the colony to the top of the nest so that they can be warmer.
  26. Army Ants are nomadic and they are always moving. They carry their larvae and their eggs with them in a long column.