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Introduction1

Dictionary

ant : any of a family (formicidae) of colonial hymenopterous insects with a complex social organization and various castes performing special duties — Webster

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Encyclopedia

Ants are eusocial insects of the family Formicidae and, along with the related wasps and bees, belong to the order Hymenoptera. Ants evolved from wasp-like ancestors in the Cretaceous period, about 99 million years ago, and diversified after the rise of flowering plants. More than 12,500 of an estimated total of 22,000 species have been classified. They are easily identified by their elbowed antennae and the distinctive node-like structure that forms their slender waists.

Ants form colonies that range in size from a few dozen predatory individuals living in small natural cavities to highly organised colonies that may occupy large territories and consist of millions of individuals. Larger colonies consist mostly of sterile, wingless females forming castes of “workers”, “soldiers”, or other specialised groups. Nearly all ant colonies also have some fertile males called “drones” and one or more fertile females called “queens”. The colonies are described as superorganisms because the ants appear to operate as a unified entity, collectively working together to support the colony.

Ants have colonised almost every landmass on Earth. The only places lacking indigenous ants are Antarctica and a few remote or inhospitable islands. Ants thrive in most ecosystems and may form 15–25% of the terrestrial animal biomass. Their success in so many environments has been attributed to their social organisation and their ability to modify habitats, tap resources, and defend themselves. Their long co-evolution with other species has led to mimetic, commensal, parasitic, and mutualistic relationships. — Wikipedia

Encyclopædia Britannica

Outline

Ants Outline (Wikipedia)

Portal

Formicidae: The World of Ants, Ants Alive

Search

WolframAlpha

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Inspiration

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Innovation

Science

Myrmecology is a branch of entomology focusing on the scientific study of ants. Some early myrmecologists considered ant society as the ideal form of society and sought to find solutions to human problems by studying them. Ants continue to be a model of choice for the study of questions on the evolution of social systems because of their complex and varied forms of eusociality (social organization). Their diversity and prominence in ecosystems also has made them important components in the study of biodiversity and conservation. Recently, ant colonies are also studied and modeled for their relevance in machine learning, complex interactive networks, stochasticity of encounter and interaction networks, parallel computing, and other computing fields. — Wikipedia

Spring-Loaded Ant Jaws Snap Shut on Prey 700 Times Faster Than You Can Blink (Peter Dockrill, Science Alert)

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Preservation

History

Edward O. Wilson (Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University)
E. O. Wilson (Biodiversity Foundation)
E. O. Wilson (Encyclopædia Britannica)
E. O. Wilson (Wikipedia)

Museum

Antbase (American Museum of Natural History)

Library

WorldCat, Library of Congress, UPenn Online Books, Open Library

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Participation

Education

Inside the ant colony (Deborah M. Gordon, TED-Ed)

Course

OER Commons: Open Educational Resources

Community

News

Phys.org, NPR Archives

Book

ISBNdb

Government

Document

USA.gov

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Expression

Humor

Ant Jokes (Ants Alive)

Hobby

Ant keeping is a hobby involving the capture, care, and observation of ants and ant colonies. — Wikipedia

Ants Australia (YouTube Channel)

Ants Canada (YouTube Channel)

Poem

OEDILF: The Omnificent English Dictionary In Limerick Form

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