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Ants are insects that belong to the Formicidae family and belong to the order Hymenoptera. They are social creatures that form colonies and live in structured nests that may be found underground, in ground-level mounds or in trees.  Some ants nest in wood and are well-known to cause destruction to buildings.  Colonies may be small or may include millions of individuals.

Similar to bees, ant communities have a queen or queens.  It is the queen who lays thousands of eggs, ensuring the survival of the colony.  Worker ants known as "workers" or "soldiers" are females without wings that never lay eggs.  They hunt for food, look after the queen's eggs, repair the nest, defend the community in addition to other duties.

Male ants, called "drones", usually have only one role, which is mating with the queen.  Often, upon completion of their task, they die.

Did you know... 

that there are over 10,000 species of ants? and that approximately 100 of those species are found in Canada.  Most Canadian ants build their nests in soil, however, they also nest under rocks, beneath concrete slabs, or in wood.

 

What's the difference between an ant and a termite ?

ANTS

Constricted "waists" located between the abdomen and thorax;

Elbowed antennae;

Fore wings larger than hind wings.

TERMITE

Broad waist;

Beaded antennae;

Fore and hind wings of equal size.

"As a thinker and planner the ant is the equal of any savage race of men;
as a self-educated specialist in several arts
she is the superior of any savage race of men;
and in one or two high mental qualities,
she is above the reach of any man, savage or civilized!"

~ Mark Twain ~

 

small sandy ant hill

Ant Hill - 1
A little pile of sand is all that can be seen of this underground ant colony.

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Images 1 through 12 are most likely the mounds of Lasius neoniger, commonly known as the "Mound-building Ant".  These ants live in lawns, sidewalks, fields and other open habitats.  Their nest entrances are marked by crater-like mounds of granular soil or sand.  The workers are dark brown and range in size from 2.0 to 4.0 mm.

 

sandy ant hill on gravel road

Ant Hill - 2

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small ant hill on gravel road

Ant Hill - 3

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ant hill entrance

Ant Hill - 4

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large ant hill under tree

Ant Hill - 5
This large raised mound is home to thousands of ants.  It is about 3 feet wide!

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large ant hill under tree with grass

Ant Hill - 6

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ant hill sand mounds

Ant Hill - 7

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ant home hill sand mound entrance

Ant Hill - 8

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Lasius neoniger ant hill

Ant Hill - 9

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Mound-building ant hill.

Ant Hill - 10

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Mount-build ant hill

Ant Hill - 11
Notice the red arrows pointing to active ants maintaining the nest.

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Ant hill of Mound-building ant Lasius neoniger

Ant Hill - 12

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Camponotus pennsylvanicus is commonly known as the Black Carpenter Ant.  Most likely, the following images are of this species in action.  Active in the spring and summer, these ants tunnel into moist, rotting wood like that of dead trees and decaying logs and stumps.  Look for piles of sawdust-like borings.

 

Carpenter ants in a pine tree branch.

Carpenter Ants - 1
In the rocky area of the Canadian Shield, ants have immediately taken
as their home a recently fall branch.

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Boring holes of carpenter ants in pine tree branch.

Carpenter Ants - 2

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Wood pulp from boring holes of carptenter ants in pine tree.

Carpenter Ants - 3

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If you ever visit the Caribbean, look up into the trees.  Those dark, huge, spherical mounds high up in the trees are the nests of Caribbean termites.  This species usually forages at night, but I've seen them walking in line formation up and down the trunks of trees during daylight.

 

caribbean termite nest in mexican tree

Ant Colony in Tree - 1  (Photographed in Mexico)

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ant colony nest in tree in mexico

Ant Colony in Tree - 2  (Photographed in Mexico)

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Tree Ants - 3

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Tree Ants - 4

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Are You Baffled 
by Bugs ?

Did you know...

That all insects are bugs, but not all bugs are insects!

 


"I dreamed
 I was a butterfly,
 flitting around 
in the sky; 
then I awoke.  
Now I wonder:  
Am I a man 
who dreamt 
of being a butterfly, 
or am I a butterfly
dreaming 
that I am a man?"

~ Chuang Tse ~
Chinese philosopher

 

Insects have 3 body parts:  a head, thorax and abdomen.  They also have six legs and two antennae.

Spiders and Scorpions have eight legs and are not considered insects!

 

According to some sources, the total number of insect species is somewhere between 15 and 30 million!

There are 900,000 known species in the world.

 

Insane About Insects ?

 

Did you know...

Scorpions can live for more than one year without eating!

 

Mosquitoes have 47 teeth, but only the female mosquitoe bites using it's proboscis.

Fireflies, sometimes called Lightningbugs, are not true bugs or flies.  They are beetles!

Every year, insects eat about one third of the world's food crops.

Only male crickets can chirp.  They will chirp faster in warm weather.  

Most insects hatch from eggs.

The average bed contains 2-6 million dust mites!

 

Are You An Enthusiastic
Entomologist ?

Did you know...

Every year, the average person eats several insects while sleeping.  

Insects breath through a complicated network of air tubes called tracheae that open along the sides of the insects body.

Nearly all insect growth involves metamorphosis.

The average housefly lives only two weeks!

A female ladybug lays about 1000 eggs in her lifetime.

Honeybees fly at a speed of 13-15 mph.

Even though spiders have eight eyes, they still can't see very well.

A cockroach can live up to 9 days without its head!

 

 

 

 

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