20 Amazing Ant Facts You Never Knew

  1. There are over 12,000 known different species of ants.
  2. Some ants can support up to 100x their own weight.
  3. All worker, soldier and queen ants are female.
  4. The largest ant colony ever found was over 3,750 miles (6,000 Km) wide.
  5. Ants are the longest living of all insects, living for up to 30 years.
  6. One ant species owns the record for the fastest movement within the animal kingdom.
  7. The ant is one of the worlds' strongest creatures in relation to its size.
  8. One ant species is the most venomous insect in the world.
  9. Ants move an estimated 50 tons of soil per year in one square mile.
  10. Ants and humans are the only creatures that farm other creatures.
  11. Ants have two stomachs, one to hold food for themselves, and one for others.
  12. Ants can be found on every continent except Antarctica.
  13. Some ants can swim.
  14. Most ants can survive around 24 hours underwater.
  15. Some ants have no eyes.
  16. Ants sleep frequently and are often quite lazy.
  17. Some ant species make slaves out of another ant species.
  18. In many parts of the world, ants are eaten by humans as a delicacy.
  19. Fire ants cause an estimated $5 billion worth of damage in North America per year.
  20. Ants worst enemies are not us, but other ants.