Largest Ant Colony Ever Found
The ant is one of the smallest insects in the world. Ants are known for several things and one of it is that they bite. There are several breeds of ants that can kill a person through biting provided that they gang up on the person. The fire ant for example can cause severe pain and fever just through a single bite but these breed of these insects are bigger than the regular ant. The other thing that they are known for is that they are a hardworking group of insects.
These insects live in a place called the colony where there are hundreds to thousands of ants working together. They work together to keep their settlement alive and well. They serve their queen until the day that the ant may die. The typical colony stretches to a very big size when it’s underneath the ground. Then of course there would be researches to find the largest settlement ever and they did find one or more.
Location and Geology
The largest ant colony found in the world is located in western side of Europe back in 2002. The ant settlement is so large that it covers countries like Italy, France, Spain and Portugal. The record size this colony holds stretches up to 5,760 kilometers or 3,600 miles. The colonies stretch under the ground and connect several hundreds of colonies thus making it one large settlement.
The regular ant colony stretches under the ground with the entrance is seen above the ground called an ant hill. The hill may be as large or as small as can be, as it resembles a hill. The colony underground stretches either vertical or horizontal being made up by several divisions where each of them has their specific functions. The queen is the head as she is the only one capable of laying eggs. The eggs are taken care of by other ants in another division of the settlement. The worker ants harvest and pick up food which they then store in another division. The continuation of work and teamwork between the ants are crucial for their survival.
The regular ant colony only has one queen whom the ants the follow. The was located in Europe has multiple colonies connected to one another. This means that there is more than one queen and more than one type or breed of this insect. The usual situation calls for the fact that ants from different colonies clash with one another. There are even studies showing that the opposing ant colony intends to kill the other side’s queen. The largest that was found in Europe surprisingly has all the ants working together. This is hence the reason why it is dubbed the world’s largest settlement due to the fact that they correlate and work together despite the numerous and different queens that each follow.
Ant colonies usually take time to build. The number of ants inside a colony goes up to hundreds and thousands. The sheer function of the colony itself shows its magnificence and solidarity as the years go by.