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Let's Find Out About Ants!

Part of Minibeasts and Creepy Crawlies Week

What is the biggest ant in the world? Hint... The Elephant

Wait, no, whoops - that's definitely not a scientific fact!

Let's find out some actual ant facts;

  • One of the types of mini beasts you can find in your home or garden
  • They are small insects
  • They have survived on earth for more than 100 million years
  • There are around 1 million ants for every human in the world
  • There are about 12,000 species of ants in the world - 50 different species are found in the UK
  • Some insects live only days or even hours, but the queen ant can live up to 30 years!
  • Ants can be found on every single continent except Antartica - Ironic, when you look at the name
  • Ants live in colonies with 15,000 other worker ants

This BBC Earth clip on YouTube (below) shows a very detailed look at how Leaf-cutter ants cut and carry leaves.

Leaf Cutter Ants

We can also look at these happy Leaf-cutter ants going about their business in this video clip from St Andrews Aquarium in Scotland.

Leaf Cutter Ants At A Zoo

These little insects are very impressive in many ways - let's have a look at the How Strong is an Ant Worksheet (PDF) to find out more about how strong they actually are.

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