Eats Every Animal in its Path?
Army ants! An army ant colony will raid other
ant colonies, kill and devour up to 100,000 animals
a day and migrates long distances to find more
food. Not only have they founded nests, developed
a social hierarchy, and migrate to other areas,
but they also have a very interesting life cycle
and colony structure. Army ants also known as
"Driver Ants" belong to one of the subfamilies
of ants called the Dorylinae, after the Greek
word meaning "spear". There are approximately
250 species of army ants or "killer ants"
found mostly in the tropical and subtropical regions
of Africa, Australia, Central
and South America. Killer ants is a term to describe
any of several species of ants that are predatory,
attack en masse when their mounds are disturbed,
and can kill animals many times their size, even
deer if they are immobilized. They have been called
the fiercest predators on Earth. Predator ants
kill more individuals than all the big predators
What are Ants?
Ants live practically everywhere but are most
abundant in warm climates. There are about 10,000
kinds, or "species," of ants. Within
each species there are usually many different
types. Ants are social insects that live in colonies
and are some of the most successful insects. Ants
are one of the most successful groups of insects,
are of particular interest because they form advanced
colonies. They belong to the order Hymenoptera,
and are close relatives of the sphecid wasps.
Have you ever seen an ant dragging another insect
many times its weight? It is the ant's exoskeleton
and muscle arrangement that gives it its strength.
How Many Ants can be Found in a Single
There may be as many as 659,000 ants in a single