An Ant Collection Lucite Paperweight is great for anyone who loves collecting insects. They make great teaching tools as well. More than 12,000 species of ants have been identified, with upper estimates of the potential existence of about 22,000 total species. Ants have colonised almost every landmass on Earth. The only places lacking indigenous ants are Antarctica and a few remote or inhospitable islands. Ants thrive in most ecosystems. Their ecological dominance may be measured by their biomass. Estimates in different environments suggest that they contribute 15–20% of the total terrestrial animal biomass, which exceeds that of the vertebrates. Their ability to survive in so many environments is thanks to their highly organized nature and ability to modify habitats, secure resources and defend themselves.
Ants are one of the most well-known Eusocial creatures, along with bees and wasps. Eusociality is considered the highest level of organization of animal sociality, defined by cooperative brood care, overlapping generations within a colony of adults, and a division of labor into reproductive and non-reproductive castes. The reproductive roles are assumed by Queens and reproductive males. The soldies and workers, as the non-reproductive group, work together to create a favorable living situation for the brood. Most ant species have a system in which only the queen and breeding females have the ability to mate. Contrary to popular belief, some ant nests have multiple queens, while others may exist without queens. Workers with the ability to reproduce are called “gamergates” and colonies that lack queens are then called gamergate colonies; colonies with queens are said to be queen-right.
You will receive one lucite paperweight with three unique ant specimens.
• Approximately 1.75″ long and 1″ wide
*Please note that some batches of lucite can have a yellow tint but will not affect the visibility of the specimens