Articles about Incredible Ants and Basic Facts About Ants
A flying ant is not a seperate species of ant, but a particular type of ant within an ant colony of many species. Most species of ants have flying ants among it's members. Flying ants and other ants with wings, technically called winged ants are the only ants within a colony that mate. Not even the queen mates, as she stores enough sperm to last her entire lifetime. Winged ants are only born when it is time to reproduce and grow their wings shortly after they have emerged from the pupae.
The ant is certainly an incredible and amazing creature. Since I was kid I have been fascinated by this most marvelous of insects. Peering into side of my homemade ant farm, I used to wonder what it would be like to live for a day as an ant - trudging through the countryside scouring the terrain for food, while braving unthinkable dangers around every turn.
In 2002 a single trail of the invasive crazy ant from South America showed up in Houston, Texas. In a year there were 100s of millions of them. Now they've been reported in 24 Texas counties. They have been confirmed in Missisppi, Louisiana, and Florida. Crazy!
- Ants can range in size from 1 millimeter to 40 millimeters (4 cm)
- The largest ant in the world is the Queen ant of the African Driver (Army) Ant: genus Dorylus. It measures 4 centimeters long or 1 1/2 inches.
- The title of the largest non-queen ant is claimed by 3 different species. The "Dinosaur Ants" in the genus Dinoponera from South America, the "Camponotus gigas" of Southeast Asia, and the "Bullet Ant" of South America (Paraponera clavata). Each measuring around 3 centimeters.
Researchers from the documentary Ants: Nature's Secret Power have excavated a giant leaf-cutter ant colony in South America.