Wednesday, July 20, 2005

My Uncle and Ants

My uncle Richard has a new hobby. His kids have all grown up so he has decided to adopt ants -- about 25 large harvester ants. He keeps a daily journal of the progress while living in his simulated habitat.

I've learn more about ants than what I found in!

Here's a few facts from Richard:

Ants represent .001 % of earths insects, there are more than 10,000,000,000,000,000

The Queen creates male ants about once a year, they exist solely for mating.

People who study ants are known as myrmecologists.

He writes: "Although ant workers can carry up to 50 times their own weight, there is absolutely no truth to the rumor that,
if a Harvester ant escapes the AntWorks and gets on your hand, they can flip you clear across the room."

He bought the ant farm at and the ants at

He's even sent some pictures. Here's one of my Aunt checking on the ants. (She may be thinking about checking out, since these have checked in. Hey, don't bump that thing, whatever you do!)

The whale is endangered, while the ant continues to do just fine. -Bill Vaughn