Fun Facts of Science #2. Check out the first one one "The Hierarchy of the Universe" here: /Fun+Facts+of+Science/funny-pictures/5122205/.. "6 inch wingspan" NOPE Fun Facts science ants biology Nature earth Insects humans facts Bug bugs Animals
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#1 - weaponexplain
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(05/02/2014) [-]
"6 inch wingspan" NOPE
"6 inch wingspan" NOPE
#2 - thelizardlord
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(05/02/2014) [-]
Also, male ants do not have fathers, only female ants have. This mean I lone female never have to find a mate to start a colony.
#3 to #2 - lionheartz [OP]
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(05/03/2014) [-]
Almost correct, but male ants can only be produced by female queens who sexually reproduced with another male ant. In those cases it is a one time affair, the males mate with the new queen and transfer over all of their sperm which will be enough to fertilize all of her eggs during her life span (in some species up to 30 years!). After words the males die, fulfilling there one purpose life. In some species of ants the queens can reproduce asexually through cloning and do not need a male, but in that case they only produce female offspring!

Some fun ant sex facts for you!
#4 - ultimatebumcrack
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(05/03/2014) [-]
"By the time you read this many more will be discovered" - "Every year dozens of new species are documented" How long did it take you to read?
#5 to #4 - anon
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User avatar #6 to #4 - lionheartz [OP]
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That is my facial expression every time I read an error in something I uploaded. Just don't read the title on my first picture I uploaded before this one... ^^

Excuse my poor wording and let me try to clarify what was meant:

Between the time it was posted and the time most people will read it the number of discovered species will have increased. Then there is the difference between "discovered" , "documented" and even "classified." Classified means it has been documented and given an official scientific name, documented is meant as in officially taken record of, discovered means it was been found by someone but was previously never known to exist. Anyone could go out into the woods and fields and look around and discover a new species of ant, but that does not mean they will document it (no record of it). The number of discovered and documented species is estimated since there are probably thousands more than there are yet classified. Of species classified there are around 12,500 species, to that many more are documented but yet to be classified (~14,000), on top of that there is an estimated 6,000-8,000+ yet to even be discovered (totals to 20,000 species and some experts say even as high as 22,000).