With more than 10,000 different species in the world today, ants are everywhere you look.
So how much does an ant weigh?
The smallest known ant species, called the Pharaoh ant, weighs just 1 or 2 milligrams.
Larger species can weigh as much as 150 milligrams.
The most common ants we see every day weigh in at approximately 5 to 10 milligrams.
Most ants are easy to recognize because of their distinctive body shape and the two antennae on the top of their heads.
Ants live together in organized groups called colonies.
These colonies may consist of:
- female workers
Workers do the heavy lifting in a colony. The queen lays the eggs and ensures that her colony keeps growing and thriving.
Ants communicate with each other using pheromones, sounds, and touch. This is extremely important in these huge insect communities.
Common Types Of Ants:
- Leaf cutter ant
- Army ant
- Harvester ant
- Weaver ant
- Fire ant
- Honey pot ant
- Trap jaw ant
- Black garden ant
- Carpenter ant
- Yellow meadow ant
- Wood ant
- Pavement ant
- Odorous ant
Teamwork plays a huge role in the life of these insects.
Amazingly, research has found that all the ants in the world weigh approximately the same as all humans on earth. Both species weigh around ten billion tons.
~ Fun Fact ~
Ants are incredibly strong for their size. These miniature-weightlifting specialists can lift 20 to 100 times their own body. In human terms, that’s equivalent to lifting as many as 5 small cars, all at once!