Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Ants and Super Ants

# There are only two known ant supercolonies in the world. One a Big one at Hokkaido in Japan  and the other, smaller one is in the Swiss Jura mountains.

## At the time of its discovery, the Hokkaido colony included an estimated 45,000 nests and stretched nearly 12.4 miles along the shore of the Japan Sea. The complex housed an estimated 307 million Japanese red wood ants, including some 306 million workers and about 1.1 million queens.

## Ants have been living on the Earth for at least 100 million years and can be found almost anywhere on the planet.

## Scientists say that about 15 percent of the Earth's biomass - the combined weight of all living [animal] things - is composed of ants. Another 17 percent is taken up by termites The combined weight of all ants on earth is more than the weight of all humans

# There are nearly 10,000 known species of ants, but scientists believe there actually may be two or three times this many in existence.

## Spiders have noses on their feet that can pick up the odors of possible prey, predators, or mates.              

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