Amazing Ant Facts

Ant fact 1.
The total weight of all the ants in the world is the same as, if not larger than that of all humans

Ant fact 2.
Some ants can support up to 100x their own weight upside down on glass 

Ant fact 3.
The largest ant colony ever found was over 6000 Km or 3750 miles wide 

Ant fact 4.
Ants are the longest living of all insects, living for up to 30 years 

Ant fact 5.
One ant species owns the record for the fastest movement within the animal kingdom 

Ant fact 6.
There are over 12,000, known different species of ants 

Ant fact 7.
The ant is one of the worlds’ strongest creature in relation to its size 

Ant fact 8.
One ant species is the most venomous insect in the world 

Ant fact 9.
Dozens of colonies of the worlds smallest ant could live in the brain case of the worlds largest ant 

Ant fact 10.
Ants move an estimated 50 tons of soil per year in one square mile 

Ant fact 11.
Fire ants cause an estimated $5 billion worth of damage in North America per year 

Ant fact 12.
All worker, soldier and queen ants are female 

Ant fact 13.
Some ant species are asexual, they clone themselves and do not require any males 

Ant fact 14.
Ants and humans are the only creatures that farm other creatures 

Ant fact 15.
Ants have two stomachs, one to hold food for themselves, and one for others 

Ant fact 16.
Some ant species make slaves out of another ant species 

Ant fact 17.
Ants can be found on every continent accept Antarctica 

Ant fact 18.
Some ants can swim 

Ant fact 19.
Most ants can survive around 24 hours underwater

Ant fact 20.
Some ants have no eyes 

Ant fact 21.
Some wingless ants can perform a controlled glide when free falling 

Ant fact 22.
Ants sleep frequently and are often quite lazy 

Ant fact 23.
In many parts of the world, ants are eaten by humans as a delicacy 

Ant fact 24.
Ants worst enemies are not us, but other ants 

Jumping ant, Harpegnathos saltator © Alex Wild