Top 10 Awesome Facts You Didn’t Know About Ants

Top 10 Awesome Facts You Didn’t Know About Ants

Top 10 Awesome Things You Didn’t Know About
Ants 10. They Can Stitch Up Wounds Minor wounds are considered just an annoyance,
with advanced medicine just a call away. However, if we are in the middle of the African Savannah,
with no first aid kit, and the nearest help we can get is still days away, fixing that
little wound can mean life or death. Apparently, some tribes, like the Masai Tribe in East
Africa, faced the same problem and found an easy first aid trick on the go — the army
ant’s strong pincers. If a Masai warrior is out in the African bush
and suffers a wound that needs stitching, all he needs to do is look for an Army Ant’s
nest and pick a few of the biggest ants he could find and have them bite both sides of
the wound then break off the body, leaving just the head. The seal created by the makeshift
surgical staples can last for days, and can be easily replaced if needed. 9. Before God Created Man, He Created Ants
First We all know that we, as a species, are relative
newbies in the whole of creation, evolving a mere five million years ago. Now, compare
that to a living fossil like the ant, who has been around since the Cretaceous Period,
about 110 — 130 million years ago. The age gap, and the relative high social evolution
of the ants, may mean that only a fluke roll of the celestial dice made the difference
in regards to which species came first. 8. They Dispose Of Their Dead Only a few creatures on Earth treat their
dead with some relative deference: humans, elephants, and shockingly, ants. They even
have undertakers to do it. When an ant dies inside the nest, they will carry the dead
body outside for sanitation’s sake, so that infection or disease cannot spread to the
entire colony. Though any worker ant may carry the body outside, it seems that there is a
special ant undertaker that will usually do the cleaning up. 7. They Can Clone Themselves Parthenogenesis is a form of reproduction
where there is no need for fertilization, making the resulting offspring a clone of
the mother. A group of Amazonian ants was found to give birth to clones of themselves,
creating a colony with no males around and somewhat echoing the legend of the fierce
Amazons who do not tolerate male company. Not to be outdone, the males of the small
fire ant, whose queens also practice parthenogenesis in giving birth to new queens, makes sure
that their genetic legacy spreads on by cloning themselves. This special trick of the male
small fire ant involves eliminating the female genome in some of the fertilized eggs, making
the ant a perfect clone of the father. This unique reproductive maneuverings of both the
female and male small fire ant results in a nest, composing of ants of the same species,
that has the genetic makeup of three completely different species; the queen clones, the male
clones, and the sterile female workers with mixed genes. 6. They Teach Their Young As social insects, ants have a very advanced
system going on in their colonies, in order to insure their survival worker ants are put
into groups that does various specialized jobs like foraging, janitorial services, or
caretaker of eggs and baby ants. What is surprising is that these worker ants are not born with
the necessary skills already pre-programmed in their DNA to do some of these specialized
works. For them to have these skills they do what we humans do, learn it from someone
who knows how things are done. The teacher ants “teaching style” is called tandem-running
where the teacher ant will teach a younger ant the ropes by running with it. This kind
of teaching, even more surprisingly, involves a two way interaction between teacher and
student; the first in a non-human animal. And if a student is a slow learner and fails
in its “exams” it will be relegated to some other job that does not require specialized
skills. 5. They Know How Agriculture Works Among all creatures, we now of only four that
are evolved enough to use agriculture as a means of survival: bark beetles, termites,
humans, and ants. However, between ants and us, it seems they started farming first, having
been at it since 50 million years ago. Before moving out of her birth nest, a young queen
must first sneak inside the garden and take away some fungal pellets. These pellets will
be the “seedlings” that she needs to start her own garden and feed her brood. Attine ants do their farming by cultivating
fungi, just like humans do in farming crops; they even use pesticides to combat parasites
that affects their “crops.” There are five known systems of agriculture that ants practice,
but all ants that practice agriculture are shown to share some general habits in fungal
gardening. This may suggest that ants are e-mailing their fellow garden buddies for
some gardening tips. 4. They Use Herbicides And Disinfectant Speaking of pesticides, ants use them, as
well as herbicides, in their fungal gardens. Theirs is far more eco-friendly than ours,
however. The fungal gardens that ants grow are also home to a virulent kind of fungus
that kills the fungal crops. To prevent this fungal weed from spreading, the ants have
a bacteria at their disposal that they carry around on their cuticles. This bacteria produces
an antibiotic that specifically suppresses the growth of the fungal weed. In their nests, they use several substances
that inhibit the spread of parasites or weeds. The wood ants, for example, add solidified
conifer resins to their nests while building them, which hinders the growth of bacteria
and fungi. The lemon ant, which prefers to nest in trees, produces a natural herbicide
that kills all other plant life surrounding their nesting tree, including grown trees.
They do this by injecting leaves with herbicide, and the plants will start to die within hours. 3. They Raise Livestock Ants do not only raise crops, but also livestock,
which they use for “milking.” The livestock consists of insects (like aphids, mealybugs,
and myrmecophilous caterpillars) that secrete a sweet liquid called honeydew. The ants keep
the predators away from their livestock, and even herd them from one feeding location to
another, just like what we do with cows. When it is time to collect some honeydew from the
livestock, the ants “milk” them, by tapping them with their antennae. The ants even bring
their precious livestock with them when they migrate to a new area. Kind of reminds us
of frontiersmen bringing their cattle along while in search of greener pastures. 2. They Wage Wars Imagine the scene in the final battle of Lord
of the Rings: The Return of the King: total carnage wherever you look, with the battle
lines blurred out as the warring parties are jumbled up in the heat of battle, with groups
of soldiers clustering together to form a cohesive front and take out an enemy at a
time. Now imagine, instead of the handsome unsullied face of Legolas and his crew, you
get ants with menacing mandibles and scary big eyes of doom. The tactics ants use in
warfare are eerily similar to human war strategies, and they even vary their tactics depending
on what is at stake. They can even use “propaganda pheromones” to confuse enemy ants and, make
them fight among themselves. There are even species of ants, like the amazon
ants, that oddly resemble the fabled Spartans in their way of life. Namely, they only survive
through waging wars to replenish their slaves, and to get more resources from other colonies.
They even act like medieval knights when in their nests, doing nothing more than demanding
food from their slaves, and burnishing their chittenous armor. And yes, when we said slavery, we meant it
… 1. They Practice Slavery As a whole, ants are known for being hard
workers but, just like humans, there are some rotten apples in their baskets. There are
several species of ants that are dependent for slave labor for survival, and who will
actively wage war against other colonies to steal the pupae and enslave them upon hatching. The most rotten apple in the basket is a species
of ants called Polyergus breviceps, which interestingly, is endemic in the United States.
This species of ants have lost their ability to take care of their young and even themselves.
They “do not forage for food, feed the young or the queen, or even clean up their own nest.”
This kind of behavior would mean certain extinction for most species, but these ants have a super
weapon up their sleeve — weapons of mass subjugation. The warrior ants will attack
a nest, and release a formic acid against the defenders. This will trigger panic among
their ranks and crumble their defense, making it a breeze to steal the pupae. If that is not enough, they have a more formidable
weapon — their queen. The queen of Polyergus breviceps is capable of releasing pheromones
that will reduce the aggression of the defending ants, making them easy for conquest. In some
instances, when the ants badly need more slaves, the queen will go out with the warriors to
war. After releasing her pheromones to crush the aggression of the defenders, she will
immediately look for the queen of the overtaken nest and kill her. When the deed is done,
the invader queen will become the new queen of the invaded nest, and the defenders all
bow down to her and address her as “her majesty the queen.” Everything is not lost for the slaves though;
every so often they stage rebellions against their masters, by ripping apart the larvae
of those that enslaved them. This means the slaver ants have less chance of going out
and conquering more, as their numbers are quickly dwindling. Thus saving other ants
from slavery, one baby ant at a time.

100 thoughts on “Top 10 Awesome Facts You Didn’t Know About Ants”

  1. ANts also have toll roads, its been observed that there will be ants(probs bigger ones) that over look a highway of ants transporting food and sometimes grab an ant ,put him aside to take its food and bring it to their colony

  2. Army ants have no eyes. They just march onward in a straight line (hence the "army" part of their name) until they find something to eat. They also operate on sort of a collective intelligence. The more ants there are, the more clever they become…or so I've heard.

  3. 7. is wrong only some species can reproduct (kinda insest) without males most will go and release feramones to let other colonies know about a flight that l happen then all queen elites and males mate and there

  4. I'm amazed at how they farm both fungi and livestock. Heck, they even BRING their livestock with them when they move house! Isn't that caring 🙂 <3

  5. so don't be angry when God doesn't hear your prayers cuz God obviously created many beings, just be thankful that even in this vast universe God still look at each every one of us.

  6. I knew 8 of these and a lot of them are just species specific and not all ants can do most of these things


  7. I new facts 1-9. I have recently become very interested in the subject and have caught a queen to raise a colony (I have some larvae! Also, I found the queen on my table, so I didn't kill a colony,)

  8. Um… isn't this the voice of Simon Whistler from "Today I Found Out"? Can't mistake that amazing voice! 🙂

  9. This was interesting enough (ants are amazing) but the voice was boring (although clear) and the images too – could have done with more images – it is after all, a video, a visual media.

    thats why i never understood the whole ant hatrid.If you dont like a huamn getting squashed squishing an ant is kinda like squishing a tiny human so yeah

  11. I always pay attention to ants and totally get mad at people who kill them. My curiosity led me here, I figured I can learn a lot from them if I can just understand their ways…wow.

  12. Simon is a fantastic narrator. He doesn't have any quirks in his speech pattern like many youtubers do and his voice is very soothing to boot. We'll disregard the common butchering of foreign names XD

  13. Your " Millions of years " is pure fantasy , and is not backed up in reality , and that includes any type of evolution aside from " producing after their own kinds " .

  14. Islam were a lot more into black slavery than the americans or English ever were , in fact [ in comparison ] they were the real masters .

  15. The amount of faith required to believe such beauty and diversity is the work of evolution is astounding, it baffles me really.

  16. Ants are very very smart,my colony of camponotus alborparsus(land dwelling carpenter ants) clogged their plaster nest with sand in their out world,making me unable to see them,they do have a sense of privacy.

  17. Slavery is morally wrong, but scientifically normal. Evolution working to use the less intelligent, less accomplished, to ensure the comfort and continuing succcess of a superior group.

  18. Amazing video,,,, was gutted when it ended ,,,,seriously !!! lol, it was the undertaker ants that take away the dead,,,wow

  19. i'm here after listening to karl pilkington say ants dont sleep ;-] do they sleep or not?? thanks for upload! this is brilliant!!

  20. You can also tell the dofference between the genders of ants. If it sinks its a female ant, if it floats, its a buoyant

  21. I knew slaver ants were a thing but the fact the slaves actually kill the larvae of the slavers….surely that's a scent thing right and totally not signs of deep thought

  22. I didn’t think I would like this video because I’ve watched videos & read a lot about ants 🐜 but this was awesome 👏 I learned something new 👍

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