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Ant Species

Ants are very interesting creatures that belong to the same family as wasps.  Imagine a wasp with wings.  Hmmm see the same features?  The female queen ant looks very similar to a wasp as she has wings as well.

Questions

What is the largest ant colony ever found? This one you are not going to believe I am sure. back in 2004 a colony was found to be 62 miles wide in Melbourne Australia.  These are Argentina ants and have formed what is thought to be the worlds larges super colony.  Can you imagine this?  These bugs have basically displaced and destroyed the local population and renown the rulers there. 

Typically when it comes to different colonies they will not get along but somehow these guys formed a bond and became one super group.  Scary i know!

What is the largest ant ever found?  Thats an easy one. The Eocene giants are the largest ants ever found.These guys had no stinger and appear to have eaten fresh food. Basically what that means is if you did not get out of their way you were probably food.  They are long extinct now though.  They probably died out about 44- 49 million years ago if our carbon dating techniques are correct.

These Eocene with the scientific name of Formicium giganteum were huge. The low life workers were 1-3cm long, but queens 5.5cm long with a wingspan of 13cm. 

The closest known family member to these bugs were the red wood ants.

Why is it illegal to ship queen ants? If you buy a queen ant and it escapes and establishes a colony in an area where it isn’t naturally found, it could completely stress the local ecosystem out. Invasive ant species cause harm to the natural biodiversity, doesn't sound very fun. Take the example of the infamous red imported fire ants. These ants are native to South America but found their way to the United States through shipping crates. Having no natural enemies here, tso hey spread throughout the southern states quickly, causing irreparable economic and ecological damage. For this reason, USDA prohibits the sale of queen ants in the United States. You can still buy them in Europe and other countries but this is now being debated as well.

Why do ants make ant hills? Anthills are created as a by-product of worker ants digging subterranean tunnels (everyone needs a construction crew, even ants).  As the worker ants dig out the colony's tunnels, they dispose of the displaced earth by carrying it back out of the colony and depositing it near the entrance.  They also dispose of any garbage found in the colony in this way.

What are anthills made out of?  Anthills are simply piles of fine soil, sand or clay, sometimes using pine needles.  They do not usually use any kind of rocks or pebbles, as these are too heavy for a worker ant to carry.  Some species of ants use tiny sticks, which they mix with dirt or sand, creating a strong mound that offers protection from the weather.                                  

What are the roles of worker ants?  Worker ants are females but unlike the queen, they don't lay eggs.  Instead, they're responsible for building and maintaining the nest, they are the protectors of the colony and most importantly, making sure the colony is fed.  Their job is to establish new colonies

Do I need to to feed my live ants in the antworks habitat by Fascinations or Uncle Miltons ant farm?  Yes, you do need to feed them.  We do offer food.  We also sell the gel which you can place in your colonies and it is edible for your ants and they will be able to survive 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yellow ants

Larger yellow ants are one of my favorite insects. They have a pleasant lemon or citronella odor when crushed (of course the crushing is not pleasant to them!). Larger yellow ants are harmless and are never found foraging in kitchens.