Amazing ants

Posted on: December 20, 2022, in Blog

We can never get enough of how amazing ants are.  The only areas that don’t boast populations of ants are Antarctica, Greenland, Iceland, and some island nations. 

You think that is amazing? Read more amazing ant facts below.

Ants don’t have lungs

Instead, they have their own ways of respiration to help transport oxygen around their bodies. How do ants breathe? Ants breathe in oxygen through spiracles which are a series of holes located on the sides of their bodies.

Ants have two stomachs

That’s right, ants have two stomachs, and it’s not because they are greedy. One of their stomachs is for holding food for their own consumption, and the second one is to hold food to be shared with other ants. This process is known as trophallaxis and allows an ant colony to work extremely efficiently.

When ants fight, they usually fight to the death.

When an ant colony grows too large, it can cause a scarcity of food, putting the health of the colony at risk. There is evidence that ants fight and kill other ants in order to maintain a sustainable colony size.

Ants have no blood!

Ants have something similar to blood, but scientists call it “haemolymph”. It is yellowish or greenish. In vertebrates (animals with backbones such as humans, cats, dogs, snakes, birds and frogs) blood’s main job is to move important things around the body.

Ants can live for two hours without oxygen

So, can ants live without oxygen? No! Every living thing in this world cannot live without oxygen. We all need oxygen, even ants! However, ants don’t get out of breath because ants don’t use their lungs to breathe. Ants take oxygen through openings in their abdomens called “spiracles” which allow sufficient oxygen. In short, ants cannot live without oxygen but they can hold their breath a long time.

There is nothing worse than pouring your first cup of coffee in the morning and discovering ants in your coffee or sugar bowl. It is now that time of the year that ants are EVERYWHERE.

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