How much do all the ants in the world weigh?


The weight of an ant is absolute insignificance. Even if we didn’t have a dozen on us, we wouldn’t notice. But, How many are there and how much do all the ants in the world together weigh? Science has answered this question. As a new study shows, there are about 20 quadrillion ants on Earth, that is to say 20,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 insects

It is a family of eusocial insects which, like wasps and bees, belong to the order Hymenoptera. They evolved from wasp-like ancestors in the mid-Cretaceous, between 110 and 130 million years ago, branching out after flowering plants spread around the world.

“The ants of the world collectively constitute about 12 million tons of dry carbon. This exceeds the mass of all the wild birds and mammals of the world combined. It is also equal to about one-fifth of the total weight of humans.”say the authors.

Ant Abundance Studies

To reach these conclusions, the researchers conducted “surveys of ant abundance in many environments to estimate arboreal and ground ants present in nearly all important terrestrial ecosystems”.

Although we tend to imagine ants on the ground, this is not their main habitat. the ants who they live in trees they outnumber those living in the field about six to one. Moreover, considering the diversity of weights, the researchers conclude that the dry carbon in these quadrillions amounts to about 12 megatons.

“It is estimated that excavate up to 13 tonnes of soil per hectare per year and increase local nutrient availability by an order of magnitude, yet they constitute only 1.2% of terrestrial species, and account for at least 6% of biomass”they concluded.

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