• Ants are as old as dinosaurs. A recent study suggests they first arose in the mid-Cretaceous period, about 110-to-130 million years ago.
• Ants have conquered almost the entire globe. With the exception of Antarctica, the Arctic, and a handful of islands, just about every piece of land on Earth harbors at least 1 ant species.
• The world’s total ant population makes our 7 billion look weak. Researchers estimate that there are upwards of 10 quadrillion individual ants alive on Earth at any given time.
• Ants gather together to form ‘super-organisms’. As many as 50 million of them might come together to form a single, eerily-coordinated colony.
• Ants can account for over a quarter of the animal biomass in some areas, particularly in tropical regions where they are especially abundant.
• Ants practice slavery. Many species are known to raid neighboring colonies and steal eggs or larvae. The forcibly-acquired young are then either eaten or put to work.
(Creeped out yet? Now about spiders …)