Everybody knows that although ants are absolutely tiny, they’re able to carry objects that weigh between 10 and 50 times their body weight, and which are much larger than them. We’ve all seen videos of them carrying leaves, but this little ant went a little bit further:
Yep, that’s a diamond that the tiny insect is just brazenly pushing along without a care in the world. Clearly it had an insect friend it wanted to impress – or maybe even pop the question to.
The video was taken inside a jewellery shop and shows the insect nonchal-ant-ly (see what we did there?) carrying the diamond across a white desk.
Although the jewel seems colossal by comparison, the ant seems to have absolutely no trouble pushing it along and actually carries it for about a foot or two. Which might not seem like a very long distance, but a foot for an ant is a hell of a long distance.
Similarly, while that diamond is like a speck of dirt on a human hand, albeit one that probably costs a few months’ salary – totally guessing here; no idea what carat that diamond is or what it’s worth – it dwarfs the ant.
It looks more like a boulder. Obviously, a boulder would weigh a lot more than 10 times that of a human body, though.
This is more like the average human attempting to carry a cow. Before you scoff, have you ever tried lifting a cow? Exactly.
There are more than 10,000 known species of ants living throughout the world. Ants can be identified by the constriction between the abdomen and thorax that looks like a narrow waist. Their bodies are covered with a hard armor called the exoskeleton. Most ants are either red or black in color and length can be anywhere from 1/3″ to 1/2″. Like other insects, they have six legs; each with three joints. Ants have large heads with compound eyes, elbowed antennae, and powerful jaws.
There are three types of adult ants living in the colony: the queen, female ants, and male ants. Queen ants are the largest ants in the colony. They have wings and their purpose is to lay eggs. The queens can live up to 30 years. Depending on the ant species and the nest community size, there may be one or more queens in the colony.
Female ants are smaller than the queen, wingless and sterile. Females result from fertilized eggs and can live up to three years. Known as workers or soldiers, female ants care for the eggs, tend to the larva, build and repair the nest, forage for food, and protect the colony.
Male ants develop from unfertilized eggs. Also called drones, male ants have wings and are fertile to mate with the queen. Male ants are much smaller than females and have longer antennae. The males only emerge from the colony for one day in order to mate. They usually die 10-14 days after mating.
- Although you probably won’t see an ant pumping iron at your local gym, don’t take their tiny size as a sign of weakness. Ants’ unique physiology enables them to lift objects around 20 times their own body weight.
- Ants take the spirit of cooperation to a whole new level; as many as 50 million ants can come together to function as one highly organized, efficient colony.
- Ants are no dummies. One tiny ant can have as many as 250,000 brain cells, so a colony of 40,000 ants collectively has the same number of brain cells as a human.
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