Un-bee-lievable! Incredible Pictures Show Super-Strong Ant Using Its Jaws To Lift Insect 70 Times Its Own Weight

If you’ve ever bumbled home loaded down with heavy shopping, spare a thought for this little red weaver ant.

It managed to balance a dead bee many times its own size in its jaws as it stood upon a thin twig.

It’s all the more remarkable because the weaver ant weighs around 5mg – that’s 0.00018 of an ounce – and a typical bee is up to 200mg, or a hefty 0.007 of an ounce.

In other words, the bee is about 40 times the weight of the ant. A short while later some more weaver ants, which can carry loads up to 100 times their own weight, arrived to help him bear the prize back to their nest.

Photographer Eko Adiyanto, 43, spotted the scene in the front garden of his home in West Java, Indonesia. He said: ‘These ants are small animals but have enormous strength and are able to work together.’


If you¿ve ever bumbled home loaded down with heavy shopping, spare a thought for this little red weaver ant (pictured)

If you’ve ever bumbled home loaded down with heavy shopping, spare a thought for this little red weaver ant (pictured)

The weaver ant managed to balance a dead bee many times its own size in its jaws as it stood upon a thin twig

The weaver ant managed to balance a dead bee many times its own size in its jaws as it stood upon a thin twig

A short while later some more weaver ants, which can carry loads up to 100 times their own weight, arrived to help him bear the prize back to their nest

A short while later some more weaver ants, which can carry loads up to 100 times their own weight, arrived to help him bear the prize back to their nest

Nature’s tiny titans: Ant facts and figures

  • Ants can carry up to 100 times their weight because their muscles are thicker relative to their body size than those of larger animals
  • If humans were as strong, we could lift 4.5 tons above our heads – equal to three cars
  • 24million ants would be needed to lift a 12-ton double decker bus
  • Ants have been on the planet for 130million years (primitive humans first evolved around 2million years ago)
  • The combined weight of all the ants on Earth – ten thousand trillion – is roughly the same as all 7billion humans
  • They are found all over the world, except in Antarctica, Greenland and a few remote islands
  • Soldier ants have large heads packed with muscle while queen ants, forced to lay enough eggs to ensure the colony survives, have a larger abdomen
  • Ants mate in the air as well as on the ground. The male dies within a day or two, while the queen can mate with many more partners
  • An ant has two stomachs, one to digest its own food and the second to store food for others, but no lungs, with oxygen entering its body through tiny holes
  • Ants are edible, with some tasting spicy because of the formic acid they produce
  • A crushed ant emits an ‘alarm’ scent that sends nearby ants into an attacking frenzy
  • While some ants live for weeks, queens can live for up to 30 years

 

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