9. Let's Find Out About Ants!
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.
We can also look at these happy Leaf-cutter ants going about their business in this video clip from St Andrews Aquarium in Scotland.
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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