|Behold the mighty ant!|
TODAY THE WORDS are IF I COULD BE AN ANT. In an attempt to continue on my path of healthy living and eating; I was researching some recipes and stumbled over some information on ants. It stirred up the “Arline” mind and it is intriguing to consider all of the obstacles, walls, risks, and natural disasters which impact the ants’ lives; we are so blessed but somewhat ungrateful in many instances. I thought I would list out some of the ant’s abilities and let’s compare. I will give you my deeper thoughts at the end of this amazing Ant facts as found on antArk :
Amazing Ant Facts
Ant fact 1. The total weight of all the ants in the world is the same as, if not larger than that of all humans.
Ant fact 2. Some ants can support up to 100x their own weight upside down on glass.
Ant fact 3. The largest ant colony ever found was over 6000 Km or 3750 miles wide.
Ant fact 4. Ants are the longest living of all insects, living for up to 30 years.
Ant fact 5. One ant species owns the record for the fastest movement within the animal kingdom.
Ant fact 6. There are over 12,000, known different species of ants.
Ant fact 7. The ant is one of the worlds’ strongest creature in relation to its size.
Ant fact 8. One ant species is the most venemous insect in the world.
Ant fact 9. Dozens of colonies of the worlds smallest ant could live in the brain case of the worlds largest ant.
Ant fact 10. Ants move an estimated 50 tons of soil per year in one square mile.
Ant fact 11. Fire ants cause an estimated $5 billion worth of damage in North America per year.
Ant fact 12. All worker, soldier and queen ants are female.
Ant fact 13. Some ant species are asexual, they clone themselves and do not require any males.
Ant fact 14. Ants and humans are the only creatures that farm other creatures.
Ant fact 15. Ants have two stomachs, one to hold food for themselves, and one for others.
Ant fact 16. Some ant species make slaves out of another ant species.
Ant fact 17. Ants can be found on every continent accept antARCtica.
Ant fact 18. Some ants can swim.
Ant fact 19. Most ants can survive around 24 hours underwater.
Ant fact 20. Some ants have no eyes.
Ant fact 21. Some wingless ants can perform a controlled glide when free falling.
Ant fact 22. Ants sleep frequently and are often quite lazy.
Ant fact 23. In many parts of the world, ants are eaten by humans as a delicacy.
Ant fact 24. Ants worst enemies are not us, but other ants.
Now for deeper thought…..I see so many interesting facts here and find some of them totally fascinating but I will leave all of you to form your opinion about whether or not you would want to be an ant. It seems it would be amazing to hold 100X your own weight upside down, right. It seems they are unstoppable but they are vulnerable as we humans are. What is important, whether you are an ant or human; we can try our best no matter what the odds, risks, and obstacles confront us in life. I also read where some ants sleep frequently and are often quite lazy. Those might be the ones who end up eaten by others and isn’t that similar in humans? Not literally, but they are eaten by life and diminished by their laziness. I think I am glad I am human but I admire the little ants’ spirits. Live life; love life; and live life to the fullest by remembering my quote: “One individual step might seem insignificant; but if it is headed in the right direction it can be monumental.”
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
Proverbs 6:6-8 ESV
Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest.
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