Interesting Facts About Ants
Myrmecophobia is the fear of ants.
Believe it or not the ant has the largest brain, in
proportion to its size, in the animal kingdom. The ant also
happens to be able to lift 50 times and pull 30
times its own weight .
It's really hard to drown an ant because
these resiliant little creatures have extremely tiny brathing
tubes which water can't penetrate .
Some ants like to raid nests of other ants and take the
workers as slaves.
Ants have two stomachs, one for them and one to feed others.
However the poor old ant can't chew its food.
Some queen ants lick the eggs to make them hatch.
There are over 10,000 known species of ants.
Ants love nothing better than to protect, groom and even
raise aphids, scale bugs and bark lice. And why? They want the
"milk" that they excrete which is called
honeydew. Ants will also protect their new found
friends, carrying them around in their jaws similar to a mother
cat and her kittens.
The Hormiga culona (AKA big bottom or fat butt ant) has been
a delicacy in Columbia for centuries. Normally these fat butt
ants are roasted in salt and eaten as a snack. Believe it
or not they have become very popular in France and England.
Verdict - they don't taste like chicken
but more like buttered popcorn.
In Australia the Aborigines eat Honeypot ants
(Melophorus bagoti Lubbock and Campanoyus spp.). They pop the
abdomen with their teeth and drink the sweet nectar.
The sugar is found in the worker ants who fill their
abdomens up with the honeydew taken from our friends
the aphids, scale bugs and bark lice we mentioned
An ant can survive for up to 2 weeks underwater.