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Ant and aphids © Andrew Neal
Ant and aphids © Andrew Neal

Ants may be tiny, but in sheer numbers alone they are astonishing.

Learn more about ants and what is happening on ‘flying ant day’.

Published: October 24, 2023

Ants are closely related to bees, wasps and sawflies and are grouped in the taxonomic family ‘Formicidae’ within the taxonomic order ‘Hymenoptera’. Typically, ants have large heads with two sets of jaws or mandibles. One is used as a tool for carrying, digging or fighting and the other, smaller set for eating and cleaning. Their ‘elbowed antennae’, where each antenna has a 90-degree angle in it, are highly sensitive organs and are used to touch, smell and communicate.

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