There are an estimated 20 quadrillions(20,000,000,000,000,000) ants living on Earth, According to a new study done by scientists in Australia, Hong Kong, and Germany. If you took all the ants in the world and put them into one line, that line would wrap around the Earth more than 1200 times.
“It’s unimaginable,” a lead researcher on the study who is currently a scientist at the University of Würzburg in Germany, mentioned during a Zoom interview. “We cannot imagine twenty quadrillion ants in one pile”
The life cycle of an ant
The typical ant lifespan is about 2-3 years. However, some ants can live for up to 10 years! The life cycle of an ant begins with the egg stage. Once an ant hatches from its egg, it enters the larval stage. This is followed by the pupal stage, during which the ant undergoes a complete metamorphosis into an adult.
Once an ant reaches adulthood, it will begin to mate and reproduce. After mating, the female ant will lay her eggs and care for her young until they are old enough to fend for themselves. Once the next generation of ants reaches maturity, the cycle begins anew!
How ants benefit the ecosystem
The world, indeed, could be better off with a majority of these ants. By digging, they aerate soil and drag seeds underground to sprout. They function as a supply of meals for untold arthropods, birds, and mammals. While woodworker ants are pesky to homeowners, forests could be stacked to the brim with useless wood without the decomposing strength of wooden-destroying insects.
From a different perspective, Ants play an important role in the ecosystem. They help to recycle nutrients, aerate the soil, and control pests. Ants also help to pollinate plants.
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