A to Z of Wildlife: A is for… Ant!

Keep an eye out for the little guy

A is For

Ants are so small you have probably stepped on one without even realising!

There are 11,880 species of ant – that is a lot of ants!  Just one of these species, the Driver Ant from South America, numbers over 22 million!

Ants are superstrong – they can lift up to 20 times their own bodyweight!

The total weight of all the ants in the world is the same as the weight of all the humans!

Ants are one of the longest living insects on planet Earth, living for up to 30 years!

Along with humans, ants are one of the only animals in the world that keep pets! Don’t believe me? Check out this video below!

Sometimes you may see ants ‘kissing’ – they are actually feeding each other! This process is called ‘trophallaxis’… It enables some ants to stay and look after each other, whilst others go looking for food.

Ants can be found on every single continent on planet Earth, with the exception of ANTarctica! It’s far too cold for them to live there.

Here’s a wild challenge for you: Why not build your own an ant farm?

Picture from Flickr.