A is for Ants and…
My first A-Z blog this year is going to be amazing facts about TWO animals beginning with the letter A.
First, Ants! There are 10,000 (at least) types of ants living all around the world.
They live in colonies, consisting of a queen ant that lays all the eggs, and worker ants which are wingless females, that feed the queen, forage for food, look after the eggs and larvae, and protect the colony. THE WOMEN DO EVERYTHING!!!
Males ants only have one job and that is to mate with the queen, who can live for up to 30 years. Workers live 1 to 3 years.
Amazing facts about ants include:
They nod to each other as they pass.
An ant can detect movement through 5 metres of earth.
They never sleep.
Males develop from unfertilised eggs. Incredible.
And the second animal is the anteater, a strangely but superbly-designed-for-one-job creature, that wouldn’t exist without ants.
It is a very odd-looking animal – here is is in an image taken by Tony Hisgett on Flikr.
Here are its facts in a quick poem:
What eats the ants
that run about?
It needs a slim, curved
plus long, quick tongue
that flicks in, out,
and lots of sting-proof
hair without –
without a doubt!
Anteaters are classified as Vulnerable by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Photo © Tony Hisgett
Poem © Liz Brownlee
Information from Wiki.
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