Ants can be found in nearly every habitat on Earth. They are important members of many terrestrial food webs, and their activities help to decompose organic matter and recycle nutrients.
Ants have colonized virtually every landmass on the planet, except for Antarctica. They also inhabit arctic areas, where other insect species are absent or very scarce. Ants can survive in extreme environments such as deserts, high mountains, and tropical rainforests.
The queen ant is the only member of the colony that reproduces. She lays eggs that become worker ants that care for the young and forage for food, as well as soldiers who defend the nest from predators or invading armies of ants from other colonies. A new colony is started when a worker ant leaves its original colony and finds a suitable location to start a new one.
This usually involves digging a tunnel under ground to protect it from predators and harsh weather conditions like rain or wind. When this tunnel is completed she will begin laying eggs that will become worker ants who take care of the young until they become adults themselves and start helping with building tunnels or protecting their colony from invaders by fighting off intruders using their large jaws which they use to bite their enemies causing them.
Last modified: August 14, 2022