Types Of Ants: An Introduction

Types Of Ants

Types Of Ants

There are several types of ants in the world living in various areas from our backyard all the way to the rainforests. You can even find ants in some of the hottest deserts on Earth.

All ants live in colonies and any one colony that you might happen to stumble upon could have over a million ants!

There are quite a number of different types of ants, but some of the more well known ones that you might have heard of or come across are driver ants, army ants, honeypot ants, leafcutter ants, silver ants, fire ants, weaver ants, and bulldog ants.

Then, there are types of ants within each colony, meaning groups of ants that have a specific job to do in the heirarchy. Those are worker ants and soldier ants. All of them are led by one single ant that is the queen.

Although many types of ants will seem to act somewhat the same, their behaviour actually depends on their type. For example, army ants and driver ants don’t have permanent nests like many other types of ants.
The size of different types of ants can vary a great deal as well, ranging anywhere between 2 and 25 millimeters. Most of the time we associate ants as being brown, but there are also many red and black ants as well.

Did you know that some types of ants are eaten by humans and considered a delicacy? Honeypot ants are and example and that’s because they have oversized abdomens.

So where do ants live? Well, you’ve seen anthills and know that some types of ants live in the ground, but not all do. Weaver ants, for example, make their nests in trees by sewing leaves together with silk-producing larvae.

Ants are one of the most common living creatures on earth and although very small, can pose a serious threat to people and animals they tangle with.

Types Of Ants

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One Response to Types Of Ants: An Introduction

  1. Faylinn says:

    I had no idea that army and driver ants didn’t have permanent nests like other types. That is really interesting to me, because I thought that building complex nests was key to their survival. If their nests aren’t permanent, then how are they able to survive?

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