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Ants are eusocial insects of the family Formicidae and, along with the related wasps and bees, belong to the order Hymenoptera. Ants evolved from wasp-like ancestors in the Cretaceous period, about 99 million years ago and diversified after the rise of flowering plants. More than 12,500 of an estimated total of 22,000 species have been classified. They are easily identified by their elbowed antennae and the distinctive node-like structure that forms their slender waists.

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Translucent Ant

Scientist Mohamed Babu from Mysore, India took photos of these translucent ants eating colored liquid sugar. Some of the ants would even move between the food resulting in new color combinations in their stomachs!

Contributed by Vanessa Lam

Homemade Ant Killer

"Mix two tablespoons of borax with jam, jelly, honey or syrup until there is a paste. Smear some on some paper or a plate and put it where the ants are at. They should flock to it and eat it and take it back to the nest and it will act as a natural ant killer" -naturalauntkiller.net

Contributed by Lindsay Favero

Ants controlled by parasites

Contributed by Rodolfo Salgado

Up close and personal with ants. Awesome!

Contributed by Mika Salazar

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