Ant Fun Facts
There are over 10,000 ant species.
Ants do not sleep.
Ants are the creatures with the largest brains, in relation to their body—each ant brain contains 250,000 brain cells.
Ants cannot chew their food. Their jaws move sideways to extract juice from their food.
Many ants’ life expectancy is two months or less.
An ant can lift more than 3 times its body weight. Each one of its six legs has three strong joints.
Ants' government system consists of the following: a queen that lays eggs; males that mate with the queen and die afterward; and plenty of females that work tirelessly to build mounds and gather food for the queen, her mating males, and of course themselves.
Flesh-eating Ants: not a myth
Two dangerous breeds of ants are the Jaglavak and the Dorylus (or safari) ants.
The Dorylus ants migrate in huge numbers in search of food. They are flesh eating. Often people leave their homes to escape the sheer number of these migrating ants. Their jaws are capable of penetrating the flesh with a strong grip that is hard to remove.
The Mofu tribe in Cameroon depends on the Jaglavak ants to protect their territory. Check out the details on the pbs website www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/ants/mofu.
“Leiningen versus the Ants,” by Carl Stephenson, is a thrilling story illustrating, and perhaps embellishing, the power of these flesh-eating ants. It is a tale that exemplifies the power of nature against human intelligence.
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