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5 Interesting Facts About Ants Which You Should Know

Ants are one of the most fascinating insects in the world. They are small, tiny creatures that can be found literary almost anywhere on the globe. There are over 10,000 identified species of ants and most of these tiny insects live in the tropical rain forests. We may take ants for granted, but a little research shows that they are probably the most diverse and fascinating insects on the planet. According to westernexterminator and nationalgeographics, we will now take a look at 5 interesting facts about ants.

1.Ants have superhuman powers!

Yep, you read that right. Ants are incredibly strong as they have the ability to carry 10 to 50 times of their own weight! The amount of weight an ant can carry depends on the species. For example, an Asian weaver ant can lift 100 times her own mass.

Why are ants so strong?

Believe it or not, the incredible strength the ant possesses is as a result of its small size. Researchers reports that because of the small size of the ant, it's muscles have a larger cross-sectional area relative to their body size when compared to larger animals. This simply means that they can generate greater forces than what most larger animals would.

2. Ants are farmers.

This may sound unbelievable but it's very true. Apart from humans, ants are the only creatures that farms other living creatures. Just as we raise cows, sheep, pigs, chickens and fish for food, ants do the same with other insects. Most often this occurs with aphids. Ants protect aphids from natural predators and keep them in their nests from heavy rains. They farm these creatures in order to ensure a constant supply of honeydew.

3. Ants have two stomachs

Yes, ants have two stomachs, but not because they eat excessively. One of the stomachs is used to store food for its own consumption and the other is used to store food to share with other ants. This process is known as trophallaxis and it allows ant colonies to function very efficiently. This allows the ants to feed other ants and perform duties for the queen and the nest.

4. Ants don't have ears

Very much unlike other pests, ants don't have ears. But that does not mean they're deaf.

How do ants hear?

Ants use vibrations to hear sounds, find food, and as warning signals. Ants hear the vibrations of the earth and catch them with their subcutaneous organs which is located beneath their knees.

5. Ants can swim

Depending on the ant species, not all ants can swim. They haven't mastered the butterfly or breaststroke yet, but they have the ability to survive underwater with their own version of the dog paddle and they can hover above water for long periods of time.

Simply put, ants are incredibly tenacious. Not only can they hold their breath underwater for long periods of time, they can also build lifeboats to survive floods. This is especially dangerous when fire ants do this.

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