So, without further ado: Let's kick off with a big fat .........
A .... for Ant
|Ants at work in the Chishakwe head quarters area. They were very busy collecting grass seed and sifting soil.|
Not always our favourite of creatures ... especially when they decide to set up indoors or join in on a picnic!
Nevertheless, it is always fascinating to find a nest and watch the busy little insects at work. A few crumbs or grains of sugar are cleaned up in record time and carried down into the earth.
Scientists say that ants are like people in that they are eco-system engineers. In sufficient numbers they can have a significant effect impact on their environment.
Some Ant Facts
- There are more than 12,000 different ant species in the world.
- Ants are social and live in large colonies of sometimes millions of ants.
- In every colony there are worker ants, soldier ants and one or more queen ant. The only ant to lay eggs is the queen and once she matures she will spend the rest of her life just laying eggs.
- Foraging ants leave a pheramone trail so they can always find their way back to the nest.
- Ants "hear" by picking up vibrations through their feet.
- Ants are very strong and can carry things that are many times heavier than they are.
Amazing Mega Ants
In 2002 scientists discovered an ant colony that consisted of billions of ants and reached from Spain to Italy. The amazing thing was that there were several queens and the ants were working together rather than fighting one another.
Here is a great blog all about ants if you would like to know more http://www.antweb.org