30 Apr '11, 2am

The Amazing Power of Ants in Maintaining the Planet's Biological Balance

The Amazing Power of Ants in Maintaining the Planet's Biological Balance

With the exceptions of size and color, ants all share similarities in appearance and represent a single family, Formicidae . Ants can be found almost anywhere on Earth including the Sahara Desert. And no matter where they live they always occur in vast numbers. Despite this fact, ants often go unnoticed by us or are considered a nuisance in and around the house. Perhaps most of us don’t know about the role these tiny insects play in maintaining our environment’s biological balance. Ants and the environment Photo: Jeff Turner Harvester ants eating a caterpillar Currently, there are more than 12,000 described species of ants throughout the world. As a principal part of habitats around the world, these tiny insects have a major role to play. By aerating and mixing the soil and enhancing water infiltration they keep our environment healthy. They also make vast underground tunn...

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