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A friend reckons that we each kill about three ants a day...
« on: 28 November, 2013, 03:00:13 PM »
And I reckon that, seeing as the world's population is well over 7 billion, that makes more than 20 billion ants biting the dust....every day!

And that makes a towering pile of over 7 trillion squashed ant corpses a year! But they are still everywhere lurking in the undergrowth!

Are there so many more of the little blighters in the world that they can so easily take a 7 trillion hit every single year without it even making the slightest dent in their numbers?

What percentage does this annual death toll represent against the total ant population?
« Last Edit: 28 November, 2013, 03:12:49 PM by P-Kasso2 »
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Re: A friend reckons that we each kill about three ants a day...
« Reply #1 on: 25 January, 2014, 01:34:57 PM »
It says in the first link that there are a million times more ants on Earth than there are people so we would have to kill a lot more than three a day to wipe them out.

The second link says that there is an estimated 10,000 trillion individual ants alive at any one time
(All different species added together).

A queen bee, depending on species, can live up to 30 years, during which time she lays eggs every single day. Thousands per year,

"...if the number of ants in the world was rounded up, divided and parceled out to every man, woman and child on the planet, you personally would stand to receive a number in excess of one million -- and so would every one of your friends and family members."
http://topics.info.com/How-many-ants-are-there-for-every-one-person-on-earth_452

"Ant Ecology," Lach, Parr, and Abbott (2010) quote Holldobler and Wilson (1990) in saying that "The estimated 10,000 trillion individual ants alive at any one time weigh about as much as all human beings combined."
http://www.antweb.org/antblog/2010/10/do-ants-really-have-the-largest-biomass-of-all-species-on-earth-laurie-usa.html

So, without doing the maths, if we each adopted our million ants and stood on three of them every day, wee would make very little impact on their population.

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Re: A friend reckons that we each kill about three ants a day...
« Reply #2 on: 25 January, 2014, 02:04:31 PM »
A million ants for every man, woman and child? Thank heavens they are so small!
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