Ants are amazing and unique insects! There are so many things that separate ants from other insects and make them interesting and unique. If you are eager to find out all the reasons why we believe ants are the most amazing insects, then read on! The article that follows is dedicated to the most hard-working insect in the world – the amazing ant!

Naming Ants

Naming AntsYou may be tempted to name any ant Adam the Ant, but the truth is that their actual name has a lot more etymology to it than you would have expected. The name used in English today derives from Middle English meter, which is again a derivative from old English Vermette. Both of these are related to old high German and have a Germanic root, which is traced back to the meaning ‘the biter’, that is the one that bites and cuts. In other languages, the origin of the name is different, so do was is different as well.

How To Recognize An Ant?

It should not be difficult to recognize an ant and may have a distinct morphology which separates them from other insects. First of all, they have elbowed antennae; their body is clearly divided into three distinct segments, which makes it easy to identify an ant. In addition to that, as well as many other insects ants also have an exoskeleton, which means they have an external cover which protects their bodies. In contrast, humans and other vertebrates have internal skeletons. What is also interesting is that insects do not have lungs, but they let the oxygen and other gas pass through their exoskeleton.

How Do Ants Live?

You probably know from your life experience that ants live in colonies. However, the lifecycle of an ant starts with an egg. A fertilized egg will give a female, whereas an unfertilized egg will give a male. Just like many other insects ants complete stages of metamorphosis, going through the larva stage, pupal stage, and emerging as an adult. When in its larva stage, it is cared for by the workers who feed it, as it is largely immobile. In later stages, larvae are presented with food which is also brought by the workers. It’s taken four or five months for the larvae to reach the pupal stage in its development.

Depending on their nutrition, the differential and is made of queens and workers, both of which are female. There are also different casts of workers. As for the males, they are called drones, and they are winged. Colonies can live for a very long time. The queens can live for up to 30 years and the workers from 1 to 3 years. Males are short-lived, and they live only several weeks.They are active all year long, however, in the wintertime, they are in the state of dormancy or inactivity. As soon as the temperature lowers, laevae go into an interactive state and adults reduce activity.