Ant Facts


·     When combined, all ants in the world weigh about as much as all human beings.


·     In the Amazon rainforest, ants and termites make up nearly 1/3 of the total animal biomass.


·     About 9,500 species of ants are known. Scientists believe at least twice as many species of ants have yet to be discovered.


·     There are one million trillion (1018) insects alive at any moment.

o   One percent of these are ants.

o   There are ten thousand trillion (1016) live ants at any moment.



Bert Hölldobler and Edward O. Wilson, Journey to the Ants, Harvard University Press, 1994.