Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Ants in your pants!

Ants are social insects from the family *Formicadae pronounced Form-ick-a-die, and along with wasps, bees, and sawflies, they belong to the order Hymenoptera. Ants evolved from wasp like ancestors in the mid-Cretaceous period between 110-130 million years ago, and diversified after the rise of flowering plants. Today, more than 12000 species are classified with upper estimates of 14000 species.
Ants form colonies that range in size from a few dozen predatory individuals living in small natural cavities to highly organized colonies which may occupy large territories and consist of millions of individuals. These larger colonies consist mostly of sterile wingless females forming castes of "workers", "soldiers", or other specialized groups. Ant colonies also have some fertile males called "drones" and one or more fertile females called "queens". The colonies are sometimes described as super organisms because ants appear to operate as a unified entity, collectively working together to support the colony.
Ants have colonized almost every landmass on the face of the earth.

The only places lacking indigenous ants is Antarctica, and certain remote or inhospitable islands. Their success has been attributed to their social organization and their ability to modify habitats, tap resources, and defend themselves.
Ants fossilized in Baltic Amber

Meat eater ant feeding on honey
Meat Eater Ant feeding on honey

Here is a video you may think to be quite interesting: www.youtube.com and search: ants

reference: www.wikipedia.com

1 comment:

  1. WOW!! Thats cool I never knew about that! Lolz I also like that kitten doing push ups. :) Could you also come onto my blog and comment??