Category: Ants are cool

The World’s Most Dangerous Ant

The most dangerous ant in the world is the bulldog ant (Myrmecia pyriformis) found in coastal regions in Australia. There have been at least three human fatalities since 1936, the latest a Victorian farmer in 1988. – Guinness World Records

It is extremely aggressive and shows little fear of human beings, stinging a number of times in quick succession and therefore injecting more venom with each bite. – Guinness World Records

Giant Ants!

Check out this exhibit by sculptor Rafael Gómezbarros – pretty scary at first glance, then beautiful.

The exhibit is called “Casa Tomada” (seized house) and the ants represent “…the displacement of peasants due to war and strife. Spreading aggressively over the colonial façades of goverment structures… “.

Each of the 1300 ants are over 2 feet in length made of fiberglass resin, fabric, and branches. [Source…]

These photos are taken from Saatchi Gallery and Endless Swarm.

Ant on ice

When do ants wake up from hibernation?

STAGE 1: As it starts to warm up in the Spring (or even late winter), a few ants will start to become active inside the nest. You may even see one or two walking on the snow if it’s sunny enough.

STAGE 2: After four or five days of temperatures above freezing (+5 c / +41 f), more ants become active. You will start to see ants outside and you may even see them inside your home.

STAGE 3: The Queen will become active after two weeks of warmer weather. Once the Queen starts moving the whole nest wakes up and it’s game on!

At the first sign of ants in or around your home you can start to take action:

  • Identify the entry points (where they’re coming in)
  • Identify the attractants (why they came in)
  • Clean up entry points and areas of attractant (using Windex or any strong smelling cleaner)
  • Place bait at entry points

Check out this article “How to get rid of ants in your house” for more help.

Remember: There is never just one.

Comment below and let me know the date you see your first ant…




Fun Facts About Ants – Colonial Pest Control

Thank you to Colonial Pest Control for these – Fun Facts About Ants!

  • Ants are strong little devils! As a matter of fact, they can carry 50 times their own body weight!
  • There are over 10,000,000,000,000,000 ants on the earth right now.
  • The world’s largest ant colony spans 600 miles and can be found in Southern California.
  • The butt of an Australian green ant has a similar taste to lime.
  • It is believed that ants have existed on this planet for 130 million years.
  • The sting of a bullet ant is powerful enough to paralyse a tarantula.
  • The world’s biggest ant is the bullet ant, which is found in the Panama jungle. These critters can grow up to 1.6 inches.
  • The strongest ant is the leafcutter ant, which can lift 50 times its body weight.
  • In tropical regions, ants make up 25% of the mass of all fauna.
  • The average black garden ant has a lifespan longer than the average dog. (15 years).
Random ants

Top Ten Questions and Answers About Ants

Ants scatter

1. Why do ants come in the house?

In the spring, as things start to warm up, ant colonies send out “scouts” to forage for food and fuel. [more]

2. Do ants hibernate?

So generally, ants hibernate during the winter, moving deep underground, grouping together, and generally limiting activity to conserve energy. [more]

3. How big is the biggest ant?

5-6 centimeters = over 2 inches. [more]

4. Do ants stretch when they wake up?

When ants wake up they stretch out all 6 of their legs and then open their mandibles as if they are yawning. [more]

5. How does Borax kill ants?

When the ants actually start to eat the Borax, boric acid causes them to get really gassy (gas builds up inside their bodies). Ants don’t get rid of gas like we do, so they eventually die because they can’t expel the gas. [more]




6. Where do ants come from?

Most common ants live outside in the ground, in nests or ant hills. Several hills and nests can make up one colony. [more]

7. What is an Ants life cycle?

The ant life cycle has five stages… [more]

8. When do ants wake up from hibernation?

As it starts to warm up in the Spring (or even late winter) ants will start to become more active in their nests. Some will even venture out onto the snow if it’s sunny enough. [more]

9. Was Ant-Man a good movie?

Just the number one movie in the WORLD!! [more]

10.Do ants poop?

Yes. [more]

The Ant Life Cycle

The ant life cycle has five stages…

  • Nuptial flight (flying ants land and mate)
  • Egg (small oval shaped eggs)
  • Larva (grow in size as they are fed by adult ants – look like rice)
  • Pupa (silk-like cocoon – ant body takes shape inside)
  • Adult (ant)

The whole process can take 8-10 weeks in warmer climates and much longer in colder climates.

*The winged ants you see in the spring or summer are at the beginning of this cycle. The nuptial flight is when queens and males fly from the nest and then mate. When they land the female ant loses her wings and looks for a safe place to lay her fertilized eggs (start a new colony), the male ant dies.


AntArk.net has a great depiction of how the cycle works.

from antark.net
from antark.net

Some light reading “The Ants”

A friend of mine (who obviously knows me well) got me a book for my birthday!

The Ants is a Pulitzer Prize-winning book, written in 1990, by Bert Hölldobler and E. O. Wilson. It was a winner of the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction in 1991. – wikipedia

I found it on Amazon for $174.00. I hope he didn’t pay full price!