25 Awesome Facts About Ants You Probably Didn’t Know

Posted by , Updated on October 17, 2014


You probably know that ants can lift and carry objects many times heavier than they are themselves or cooperate effectively within their colonies but in fact, there are many more astounding curiosities about these little tiny creatures. From being the smartest insect in the world to having the ability to enslave other ants, these are 25 awesome facts about ants you probably didn’t know.


Ants evolved from wasp-like ancestors in the mid-Cretaceous period between 110 and 130 million years ago. It means they are as old as dinosaurs but unlike them, ants managed to survive.

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Ant colonies range in size. While some colonies consist of just a few dozens of individuals, others can be formed from millions of ants.

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Ants have colonized almost every landmass on our planet. With the exception of Antarctica, the Arctic, and a handful of islands.

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There are more than 12,000 known species of ants, ranging in shape, color and size from just 0.03 to 2 inches in length.

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Termites are often incorrectly considered ants but in fact, they belong to the order Isoptera which is closer to cockroaches than ants.

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