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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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The Exploding Ant

Exploding Ant

Have you heard about the exploding ant?! This ant is so bad@ss, that when it’s threatened it will raise up it’s rear-end as a warning – THEN – if the warning is ignored, “the ant then chomps down on itself, flexing so hard that its abdomen bursts with yellow, sticky, toxic goo” . Scientists have actually …

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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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