25 Reasons That Ants Are Awesome

You probably don’t think about them very much. They’re small and there’s a ton of them in your front yard. Ok, so you do think of them, but mainly just when you want to mow your yard and those pesky little creatures start scattering everywhere. But with ants there is much more than meets the eye. In order to see what we mean, we’re going to have to zoom in for a much closer look at these interesting little critters. First of all, did you know that ants are one of the only other creatures besides humans that have successfully managed to domesticate other creatures? What’s more, they don’t just domesticate other animals, they also take slaves and wage war using some extremely advanced tactics. You probably would never have thought that much about these little creatures right? Well next time you see them scampering about in your yard you’ll probably be reminded of how interesting they can be. Did you know that some ants are ridiculously good at math? They will find their way back to the nest by adding and subtracting vectors in their head! There’s more to come though, as these are 25 reasons that ants are awesome!

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A recent study found that about 20% of ants are useless. They are called "lazy ants"

A recent study found that about 20% of ants are useless. They are called "lazy ants"Source: japantimes.co.jp, Image: wikipedia
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Because of his work as a conservationist, there is an ant species named after Harrison Ford. It is called Pheidole harrisonfordi.

Because of his work as a conservationist, there is an ant species named after Harrison Ford. It is called Pheidole harrisonfordi.Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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With an average lifespan of 28 years, queen ants live longer than almost any other insect

With an average lifespan of 28 years, queen ants live longer than almost any other insectSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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When ants die, they give off a chemical that tells other ants they are dead and need to be moved away to a burial ground.

When ants die, they give off a chemical that tells other ants they are dead and need to be moved away to a burial ground.Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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If you spray a living ant with this same chemical, the other ants will treat the sprayed ant as if it is dead no matter what it does

If you spray a living ant with this same chemical, the other ants will treat the sprayed ant as if it is dead no matter what it doesSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia


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