10) Ants are as old as the dinosaurs. Ants first arose in the mid-Cretaceous period — about 110—130 million years ago. And yes, that means:
9) Ants have already survived a mass extinction event.
8) Ants have conquered almost the entire globe. With the exception of Antarctica, the Arctic, and a handful of islands, just about every piece of land on Earth harbors at least one native ant species.
7) One group of ants conquered six continents.
6) The total ant population makes our 7 billion look weak. Scientists estimate that there are upwards of 10,000,000,000,000,000 individual ants alive on Earth at any given time.
5) Some ants are quite large. The largest ant ever discovered was actually a fossilized specimen belonging to Titanomyrma giganteum, was about 2.4 inches long and had a wingspan of almost six inches.
4) Ants have a hive mind.
3) In some regions of the world, ants can account for over a quarter of the animal biomass.
2) Ants cooperate with other species.
1) Ants practice slavery. Many species of ants are known to raid neighboring colonies and steal eggs or larvae in a practice known as “dulosis”. The forcibly acquired young are then either eaten or put to work. Learn more here.