How Many Legs Do Ants Have?
There are more than 700 species of ants in the United States alone, and they’re one of the most common household pests. Still, ants can be easily confused with other pests, and it can be difficult to tell one species of ant from another.
One key to removing ant infestations in your home is proper identification. Find out more about ants and their body structure.
Legs and Other Ant Parts
Ants are insects, and like other types of insects, they have three main body parts: the head, thorax and abdomen.
The thorax has muscles that allow the insect’s legs to function. Like all other insects, ants have three pairs of legs (six total). The legs are designed to allow the insects to move, and each has a claw and adhesive pad at the end that makes it possible for the ant to climb.
Ants are small but interesting creatures. Here are just a few interesting ant facts:
- Ants, like bees, are social insects that live in colonies. Individual ants belong to different castes within the colony, and these castes determine the ant’s role. For example, an ant may be a worker, which forages for food, or a queen, which lays eggs.
- Some species of ants, such as fire ants, can live in colonies numbering in the tens of thousands.
- Ants undergo a complete metamorphosis. Eggs hatch into larvae. Then after development, they pupate and grow into adult workers or reproductives.
- Worldwide, there are more than 12,000 species of ants.
- Many species of ants use aphids, a common garden pest, to provide them with nectar.
- Depending on the species, some ant queens can live for decades.
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