11 cool facts about ants!

Ant facts

They may be small, but boy are these little critters powerful!

No wonder, then, that they were the superhero feature of Marvel's new film, Ant-Man! To celebrate the film's release on 3D Blu-Ray™, Blu-Ray™, DVD and Digital download on 30th November 2015, we've put together our favourite facts about ants that are guaranteed to blow your mind...

1. There are over 12,000 ant species worldwide

Ranging from the ant you might find scuttling across your picnic to the ants building underground fortresses in the rainforest!

2. Four different species of ant were used in the making of Marvel's Ant-Man

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The film's director Peyton Reed said a huge amount of research went into making sure that all the ants that featured were based on fact. He said:

"A large portion of the population thinks of ants as just nuisances. But they’re heroes in this movie and it’s really kind of cool to introduce these different types of ants. We have the bullet ants that are No. 4 on the Schmidt pain index. They have an incredibly painful sting and in the movie they look like dinosaurs. They are also well armored. Then the fire ants are like the architects as they can link together and form bridges and rafts and things like that. They’re all real and they are all based in science, which is fun."

Also included were carpenter ants, who build their nests inside wood, and even crazy ants - named because of their quick, unpredictable movements! 

3. The bullet ant is said to have the most painful sting in the world! 

Living in humid jungle conditions such as the Amazon, their sting has been compared to being hit by a bullet - ouch!

4. Fire ants cause over £3 billion worth of damage a year!

North America's red imported fire ant might only be little, but the tiny critters have a painful bite which causes a burning sensation - hence the name 'fire ant', which costs the US millions in veterinary and medical bills every year! They've also been known to cause damage to famer's crops.

5. Ants are the longest living insects

 Unlike some bugs who might only live for days or even hours, the queen ant of one particular species - the Pogonomyrmex Owyheei - can live up to 30 years - so be careful not to stand on her! 

6. The ant is one of the world's strongest creatures in relation to its size

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A single ant can carry 50 times its own bodyweight, and they'll even work together to move bigger objects as a group! 

7. Ants hold the record for the fastest movement in the animal kingdom

The aptly named species of trap jaw ant, can close its jaws at 140mph, which it uses to kill its prey or injure predators. Image if that bit you on the bum!

8. Ants can be found on every single continent except Antarctica

Ironic really, when you consider the name...

9. Ants are social insects which live in colonies

The colony, also called a formicary, is made up of one or more egg-laying queens and a large amount of female 'worker' ants who tend to her, build and maintain the nest, forage for food and and care for the young.

Male ants have wings and their only function is to mate with the queen.

10. Ants don't have ears, and some of them don't have eyes!

Ants 'listen' by feeling vibrations from the ground through their feet, and eye-less ants such as the driver ant species can communicate by using their antennae

Plus, they can send chemical signals (called pheremones) released through their body to send messages to other ants! They send out warnings when danger's near, leave trails of pheremones leading to food sources and even use them to attract a mate - a sort of ant love potion!

11. The largest ant's nest ever found was over 3,700 miles wide!

Found in Argentina in 2000, the ginormous colony housed 33 ant populations which had merged into one giant supercolony, with millions of nests and billions of workers!


Check out the trailer for Marvel's Ant-Man

 ... and here's a cool clip from the movie!

The adventure sees Ant-Man embrace his inner powers and harness the unique ability to shrink in scale and increase in strength. Master thief Scott Lang joins forces with his new mentor Dr. Hank Pym to protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats.


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© 2015 MARVEL

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