Fun Facts: Ants

  • Ants can lift more than 3 times their own body weight
  • An ant has two stomaches, one for food for itself and one for food for other ants in the colony
  • There are more than 10 000 know ant species
  • Ants have the largest brain amongst insects
  • Ants do not have lungs, they ‘breath’ oxygen through tiny holes all over their bodies
  • Some cultures use ‘ant sutures’ by coaxing insects to bite the wound edges with their jaws and then twist off the insects’ heads, leaving behind a stitch/staple
  • Ants are used to help harvest rooibos
  • Ants like to live in my kettle!