Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Ant Facts

• Army ants don't create traditional nests -- they bivouac at night in a protected place, creating a "nest" by connecting their own bodies to form a mass.
• There are an estimated 1,000 trillion ants living on the planet at any given moment, representing 11,800 known species.
• Ants inhabit almost every habitat on Earth -- including the stomachs of some frogs. In a tropical rainforest, ants can constitute up to 15 percent of the total animal biomass.
• Some ant species use tools and herd and "milk" other animals.
• Highly organized ant colonies can last for hundreds of years.

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