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Study on the global population of ants


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#1 Online Manitobant - Posted September 20 2022 - 5:34 PM

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Scientists estimate the global population of ants to be around 25 quadrillion, or 2.5 million ants per person. This isn’t much of a surprise since some species can have millions of workers per colony but still an interesting read


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#2 Offline ANTdrew - Posted September 20 2022 - 6:00 PM

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The Washington Post ran an article on this as well. Fascinating.
"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
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#3 Offline NicholasP - Posted September 20 2022 - 7:39 PM

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Man... we'd all be in big trouble if somehow someday ants develop a gene where they become 10 times their current size. Solenopsis invicta would be like little gremlins. Don't get them wet and don't feed them after midnight. Or however it goes in the movie.


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#4 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted September 21 2022 - 5:50 AM

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Man... we'd all be in big trouble if somehow someday ants develop a gene where they become 10 times their current size. Solenopsis invicta would be like little gremlins. Don't get them wet and don't feed them after midnight. Or however it goes in the movie.

luckily, it is impossible for ants to do that due to the way they breath through pores(which cannot support larger creatures) If google is correct, the largest ant currently is 2 inches long(quite large though, imagine getting a test tube for those suckers)


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#5 Offline NicholasP - Posted September 21 2022 - 6:45 AM

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Man... we'd all be in big trouble if somehow someday ants develop a gene where they become 10 times their current size. Solenopsis invicta would be like little gremlins. Don't get them wet and don't feed them after midnight. Or however it goes in the movie.

luckily, it is impossible for ants to do that due to the way they breath through pores(which cannot support larger creatures) If google is correct, the largest ant currently is 2 inches long(quite large though, imagine getting a test tube for those suckers)

 

wh... what? I heard before that they breathe through their gaster. That's strange.


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#6 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted September 21 2022 - 9:18 AM

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Man... we'd all be in big trouble if somehow someday ants develop a gene where they become 10 times their current size. Solenopsis invicta would be like little gremlins. Don't get them wet and don't feed them after midnight. Or however it goes in the movie.

luckily, it is impossible for ants to do that due to the way they breath through pores(which cannot support larger creatures) If google is correct, the largest ant currently is 2 inches long(quite large though, imagine getting a test tube for those suckers)

 

wh... what? I heard before that they breathe through their gaster. That's strange.

 

perhaps those pores are on the gaster. i have not done enough research into ant anatomy to give you any solid answers.


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#7 Offline Leptomyrmx - Posted September 22 2022 - 4:52 PM

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Man... we'd all be in big trouble if somehow someday ants develop a gene where they become 10 times their current size. Solenopsis invicta would be like little gremlins. Don't get them wet and don't feed them after midnight. Or however it goes in the movie.

luckily, it is impossible for ants to do that due to the way they breath through pores(which cannot support larger creatures) If google is correct, the largest ant currently is 2 inches long(quite large though, imagine getting a test tube for those suckers)

 

wh... what? I heard before that they breathe through their gaster. That's strange.

 

 

Their gaster is sort of like a 'lung sack' thing. It's like saying a human breathes through their lungs. They do breathe through pores.


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