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Ant: see Insect & Animal & Jungle & Forest

The Young Ones TV - David Attenborough TV - Natural World: Tasmania: Weird & Wonderful TV - E O Wilson - Proverbs 6:6 - Stanley J Sharpless - Planet Ant TV - Horace - Monty Python's Flying Circus TV - Empire of the Desert Ants: Natural World TV - In Search of ... TV - 

 

 

63,436.  Do you think ants go to discos?  The Young Ones, Summer Holiday, Vivian to Mike

 

 

51,843.  Leafcutter ants ... they are all members of one highly organised society.  (Animals & Ants & Insects)  David Attenborough, Life in the Undergrowth V: Supersocieties

 

51,847.  Ants live almost anywhere.  (Animals & Insects & Ants)  ibid.

 

 

52,137.  Anteaters and Pangolins have different ancestors.  (Mammals & Animals & Insects & Ants)  David Attenborough, The Life of Mammals II: Insect Hunters *****

 

 

52,343.  Australia: green ants live in groups of up to half a million.  (Insects & Animals & Ants)  David Attenborough, Micro Monsters V: Family

 

52,344.  The workers use the silk to stitch the leaves together.  (Insects & Animals & Ants)  ibid.

 

 

52,430.  Several different acacias use ants as defenders.  (Plants & Ants)  David Attenborough, The Private Life of Plants: Living Together

 

 

52,554.  It’s a metropolis.  Home to millions of ants ... A single colony harvests half a ton of grass a year, more than any other animal on these plains.  But since they themselves can’t eat it why do they do so?  The answer lies underground ... This is a fungus that is found nowhere else on Earth.  And the ants cultivate it assiduously ... They construct their nest so that it has an automatic air conditioning system.  (Animals & Insects & Ants & Fungi)  David Attenborough, Life: Insects e6

 

 

94,569.  The ant raid is an unequalled phenomenon.  Over a million hunters chasing hundreds of species of prey animals.  (Animal & Forest & Ants)  David Attenborough, The Hunt III: Hide and Seek (Forests)

 

 

125,874.  A species of ant known as the Jack Jumper … they rely on acute vision.  They sting their victims to death with a venom that can kill humans.  (Australia & Ant)  Natural World: Tasmania: Weird & Wonderful, BBC 2019 

 

 

52,363.  Ants are the dominant insects of the world, and they've had a great impact on habitats almost all over the land surface of the world for more than 50-million years.  (Insects & Ants)  E O Wilson

 

 

63,437.  Go to the ant thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.  Proverbs 6:6

 

cf.

 

63,438.  ‘Go to the ant, thou sluggard;

Consider her ways, and be wise.’

Well, I’ve been to the ant, and I’m buggered

If I think it’s one up on us guys;

All that rushing about is silly,

(And uneconomic, I bet),

I’d rather consider the lily,

It’s got Solomon beat - and no sweat.  Stanley J Sharpless, Go to the Ant

 

 

63,439.  Nature’s most extraordinary creatures: ants ... We’ve always drawn parallels between their world and ours.  Planet Ant: Inside The Colony, BBC 2013

 

63,440.  Leafcutter ants despite their name don’t eat leaves: they bring them into the nest as a food supply for this fungus – and it’s the fungus they eat.  ibid.

 

63,441.  Floating on the Amazon River is a wonder of the animal world ... a seething mass of ants – the fire ant ... an entire ant colony can join together as one large raft built from their own bodies.  (Ant & Amazon River)  ibid.

 

63,442.  They are all sisters ... All the eggs the queen lays are essentially the same.  ibid.

 

 

63,443.  For example, the tiny ant, a creature of great industry, drags with its mouth whatever it can, and adds it to the heap which she is piling up, not unaware nor careless of the future.  Horace

 

 

103,822.  I’m interested in buying an ant.  Monty Python’s Flying Circus s4e2: Michael Ellis

 

 

104,926.  Arizona’s bistering summer has come to an earth-shattering end.  This is the first rain to fall here in six months.  It heralds the birth of a new empire.  Imagine a world deep underground ruled by a ruthless queen.  Over eight years she and her armies will unleash a reign of terror.  Building an empire of epic proportions.  Eliminating rivals with brual efficiency.  Empire of the Desert Ants: Natural World, BBC 2017

 

104,927.  Many new nests contain two or three queens … the colony will become an instant superpower.  ibid.

 

104,928.  All ant workers are female and sterile.  ibid.    

 

104,929.  The desert floor is littered with similar sized colonies and there’s not enough room for all of them.  ibid.

 

104,930.  Honey ants punch well above their weight.  ibid.

 

104,931.  The nest with the most firepower always wins.  ibid.  

 

104,933.  Over 180 ant species are found here.  ibid.    

 

104,934.  A gruesome and ignominious end for this once great ruler … The nest emptied.  ibid.

 

 

129,387.  Today, a high aggressive often deadly breed of ant threatens to spread like a plague throughout much of the United States.  In Search of s2e22 … Deadly Ants, 1978