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What is an ant?

Scheme ant worker anatomy

Are ants considered animals? Yes, ants are insects and belong to the Arthropoda phylum and class Insecta [source]. Ants are animals and can be considered “wildlife”. The word “ant”  actually means “the biter”. Ants evolved from wasp-like ancestors in the mid-Cretaceous period. Ants have colonised almost every landmass on Earth. The only places lacking indigenous …

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What do ants do in the winter?

They hibernate. When the temperature starts to drop below +5 Celsius (+41 Ferenhiet), ants become sluggish and retreat to their nests. They will huddle together to stay warm and eventually move deeper and deeper underground (in their nests) as the temperature drops. Source: Some ant nests can be over 15 feet (4.57 meters) below ground …

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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 …

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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 …

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