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5 Scary Things You Didn't Know About Ants


You already know how fascinating ants are - they are very strong, they live in complex colonies and they know how to work together.

But there are some awesome facts you don't know about them yet. See below.


Cute? Beware, they practice slavery.

1. There are very large ants out there

Forgive us if you have insect phobia, but a type of African ant, the Dorylus wilverthi, measures about five centimeters. And it is not even the largest species that has ever walked our world: fossils of a prehistoric ant named after Titanomyrma giganteum. The size of the pet? Six and a half centimeters.

2. Ants are practically telepaths

Ants communicate so well with their colony colleagues that each anthill is considered by the experts to be a '' superorganism '' with a single conscience.

3. They are heavy

A single ant is not heavy, but in equatorial countries, where they are most abundant, the total weight of these insects represents a quarter of the total "biomass" —that is 25 percent of the sum of the weight of all living things in the place. Now think of how many ants it takes to reach that mark. Which brings us to another question…

4. How many ants are there in the world?

If you think 7 billion humans is too large, wait until you hear this: it is estimated that there are 10,000,000,000,000,000 ants on Earth.

5. Ants practice slavery

Do you remember “Insect Life”? Pixar's animation plot revolved around an anthill that was forced to work for a bunch of locusts. But in real life it is not quite so: the ants themselves can enslave an anthill of another species. Called “dulosis”, this practice consists of stealing eggs and larvae from the neighboring anthill and forcing the chicks to work. If they do not work they are devoured.

Source: revistagalileu.globo.com