1 Mar 2009

Natures Secret Power...

By the ANTS!!! It's amazing! Do they have schools or politicians?

Quick Facts
Type: Bug
Diet: Omnivore
Average lifespan in the wild: Several weeks to several years

Size: 0.08 to 1 in (2 to 25 mm)

Group name: Army or colony

Did you know? Ants can lift and carry more than three times their own weight.

Ants are common insects, but they have some unique capabilities. More than 10,000 known ant species occur around the world. They are especially prevalent in tropical forests, where they may comprise up to half of all the insects living in some locations.

Ants look much like termites, and the two are often confused—especially by nervous homeowners. However, ants have a narrow "waist" between the abdomen and thorax, which termites do not. Ants also have large heads, elbowed antennae, and powerful jaws. These insects belong to the order Hymenoptera, which includes wasps and bees.

Enthusiastically social insects, ants typically live in structured nest communities that may be located underground, in ground-level mounds, or in trees. Carpenter ants nest in wood and can be destructive to buildings. Some species, such as army ants, defy the norm and do not have permanent homes.


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