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About Ant

Ants are common insects, but they have some unique capabilities. More than 10,000 known ant species occur around the world. They are especially prevalent in tropical forests, where they may be up to half of all the insects living in some locations.

Ants look much like termites, and the two are often confused—especially by nervous homeowners. However, ants have a narrow "waist" between the abdomen and thorax, which termites do not. Ants also have large heads, elbowed antennae, and powerful jaws. These insects belong to the order Hymenoptera, which includes wasps and bees.

Fast Facts

Type: Bug

Diet: Omnivore

Average life span in the wild: Several weeks to several years

Size: 0.08 to 1 in (2 to 25 mm)

Group name: Army or colony

Did you know? Ants can lift and carry more than three times their own weight.

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