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Insects and Other Invertebrates

Ant Ants are healthy because they have little antibodies. – WallingfordSign.com – Ants can carry twenty times their own body weight. Which is useful information if you’re moving out and you need help getting a potato chip across town. – Ron Darian – Here are a few things to keep in mind the next time ants show up in the potato salad. The 8,800 known species of the family Formicidae make up from 10% to 15% of the world’s animal biomass, the total weight of all fauna. They are the most dominant social insect in the world, found almost everywhere except in the polar regions. Ants turn more soil than earthworms; they prune, weed and police most of the earth’s carrion. Among the most gregarious of creatures, they are equipped with a sophisticated chemical communications system. To appreciate the strength and speed of this pesky invertebrate, consider that a leaf cutter the size of a man could run repeated four-minute miles while carrying 750 lbs. of potato salad. – R.Z. Sheppard – I bought an …