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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