Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About Ants and Their World
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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About Ants and Their World

Frequently asked questions (FAQ) and the answers regarding ants and their fascinating world. All about these social, interesting, tiny insects.

The world of ants is a very fascinating thing.

Ants: one of the most interesting creatures on earth. They are tiny insects, but strong for their size: they can carry over 25 times their weight.

There are many kinds of ants. They are social insects: they live and work together in organized colonies. Each colony is characterized by the following classes of ants: queen, sterile female ants and reproductive male ants.

Following you will find some frequently asked questions (FAQ) and the answers regarding ants.

FAQ: Does a colony have many queens?

Answer: Small colonies have a solitary queen; large ones can have many queens.

FAQ: What do queen ants look like?

Answer: Queens ants are generally the largest individuals in the colony. They have a pair of wings until after their mating flights.

FAQ: How many known species of ants are there on earth?

Answer: There are over 10000 known species of ants today.

FAQ: Are worker ants either male or female?

Answer: Male ants just spread their genes around. Worker ants are all female. They are hard-working and intelligent creatures. Division of their work is based on physical and behavioral differences: the smallest care for the young ants, the largest are soldier ants, defending the colony, and the medium-sized ants are foragers, gathering food. Worker ants are sterile.

FAQ: What is the male ant's job?

Answer: The male ants' job is to mate with queen ants on their mating flight.

FAQ: What is the queen's main job?

Answer: The queen's main job is to lay eggs.

FAQ: If the queen may fertilize her eggs with sperm deposited by the male, do these fertilized eggs develop into female?

Answer: The queen decides the gender of the ants. Fertilized eggs develop into sterile female worker ants or into fertile winged females.

FAQ: When do the males die?

Answer: They die shortly after mating with young queens.

FAQ: Can ants survive underwater?

Answer: Yes, they can survive 24 hours underwater! Strange but true! They breathe through spiracles in their abdomen.

FAQ: How many stomachs do ants have?

Answer: The abdomen of the ants contain two stomachs. One is for themselves and the second stomach is for food to be shared with other ants.

FAQ: How many stages of development do ants go through?

Answer: There are four stages; egg, larva, pupa and adult.

FAQ: How many legs do ants have?

Answer: Ants have 6 legs. They are attached to the thorax. Each leg has 3 joints.

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Comments (6)

Wow! This is fascinating. We get piss ants (this is what their name is around here).. in our house. Every spring and before winter we get them. I'm constantly doing my best to get rid of them. I've got little babies in the house now, and I always catch them with my finger and run them down the drain. I just can't seem to get rid of them. We dope up our ant hills and they just build somewhere else.

incredible little creatures, rather like bees. Thanks for the article.

Amazing...I learn a lot from you...

Wow, you have done an outstanding job here.

Brilliant... that's about all I need to know about ants!

We had an invasion of flying ants in Zimbabwe once and it was horrible, but incredible.