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Insects Rule, OK

BLUE BUTTERFLY – PAINTING by OCTAVIA MILNER

Ants rule the earth.

All the myrmecologists (ant-experts to you and me) say so. They tell us that if you add up the weights of all the ants in the world, they would weigh about the same as the total weight of all the humans in the world. When you consider that an individual ant is about one millionth the size of a human being – give or take a few hundred thousand – that’s a lot of ants (that’s a hell of a lot of ants; that’s a mind-bogglingly gynormous amount of ants; I surely take my hat off to all those ants; let’s hear it for the ants).

MOSQUITO IN RED – PAINTING by OCTAVIA MILNER

Many people cite this Associated Press article:

(what weirdo geeks work on these stats? I mean how can people actually know these things? Oh well, I suppose it takes all sorts …)

Scientists say that about 15 percentage of the Earth’s total biomass – the

combined weight of all living things – is composed of ants. Another 17

percentage is taken up by termites. The combined weight of all ants on

earth is more than the weight of all humans.

And now, about these termites

WHITE BEETLES – PAINTING BY OCTAVIA MILNER

Note: Post illustrated by my kind painter-sister Octavia: http://www.octaviamilner.co.uk

Insects Rule, OK

BLUE BUTTERFLY - PAINTING by OCTAVIA MILNER

Ants rule the earth. All the myrmecologists (ant-experts to you and me) say so. They tell us that if you add up the weights of all the ants in the world, they would weigh about the same as the total weight of all the humans in the world. When you consider that an individual ant is about one millionth the size of a human being – give or take a few hundred thousand – that’s a lot of ants; (that’s a hell of a lot of ants; that’s a mind-bogglingly ginormous amount of ants; I surely take my hat off to all those ants; let’s hear it for the ants).

MOSQUITO IN RED - PAINTING by OCTAVIA MILNER

Many people cite this Associated Press article:

(what weirdo geeks work on these stats? I mean how can people actually know these things? Oh well, I suppose it takes all sorts …)

Scientists say that about 15 percentage of the Earth’s total biomass – the

combined weight of all living things – is composed of ants. Another 17

percentage is taken up by termites. The combined weight of all ants on

earth is more than the weight of all humans.

And now, about these termites …

WHITE BEETLES - PAINTING BY OCTAVIA MILNER

 

Note: Post illustrated by my kind painter-sister Octavia: http://www.octaviamilner.co.uk

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