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Do Ants Sleep?

Yes, Yes, strange topic for DP, but placed under Crops & Livestock Forum. I've been having a problem with ants and threw this question into the net and found an interesting answer I wanted to share:

At least one species of ant sleeps. In the July 2009 edition of the Journal of Insect Behaviour, Deby L. Cassill, Skye Brown, Devon Swick and George Yanev published an article entitled 'Polyphasic Wake/Sleep Episodes in the Fire Ant, Solenopsis Invicta'.

In that article, Cassill et al. found that fire ants do sleep, although the amount of sleep an individual ant had varied by caste. Workers had an average of 253 'sleep episodes' a day, but each lasted an average of only 1.1 minutes, for a total of approximately 4.8 hours of sleep overall. By contrast, queens only experienced 92 sleep episodes, but each lasted an average of 6 minutes, for a total of 9.4 hours of sleep overall.

In addition, the study found that fire ant sleep was unaffected by light or darkness, and that queens experienced periods of 'rapid antenna movement' sleep. The authors suggested this 'RAM' sleep might be equivalent to vertebrate REM (rapid eye movement) sleep.

Yes, ants do sleep. Just like humans, ants need the energy sleep provides.

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perhaps they sleepwalk too?

Sometimes it looks like they don't know where they are going... could be sleepwalking?

Ant Dreams

Ant Dreams:


Let it not be said that we did nothing.-Ron Paul
Stand up for what you believe in, even if you stand alone.-Sophia Magdalena Scholl

In the neotropics (soon to be my home)

ants account for over 25% of the animal biomass (combined body weight of all animal life) and the leaf-cutter ants are the leading herbivores, taking more than 15% of the fresh vegetation and feeding it to a symbiotic fungus that they in turn consume.

Fortunately at my altitude (over 6,800 feet) the ant population density more resembles what I see in New Hampshire and I have yet to find a termite. In the lowlands of the Amazon Basin however, multi-lane highways of racing soldier ants lined with gape-jawed soldiers and bobbing lines of leaf sections carried by ants are common sights. Termite nests are often seen in trees, sometimes at a considerable height from the forest floor. The bullet ants are a lowland treat to be avoided at all costs. They can sting through clothing and the pain is excruciating. (Many ants actually use a wasp-like stinger for defense while others rely on biting and defensive chemicals such as formic acid.)

On the downside I'm less likely to have a giant anteater visit my property :-[

Ants, bees, wasps, and sawflies are all in the insect order Hymenoptera. Many ant species grow wings when the colony population pressure mounts and they can be seen leaving the nest to seek new habitats. When they land at a good location they gnaw off their wings for greater surface and subsurface mobility.

New Hampshire and Ecuador.


Reminds me of a quote...

“You let one ant stand up to us, and they all might stand up! Those “puny little ants” outnumber us a hundred to one. And if they ever figure that out… THERE GOES OUR WAY OF LIFE! It’s not about food. It’s about keeping those ants in line.” -Hopper, A Bug’s Life

Similar to the elites and the sheeple today.

“It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till." -J.R.R. Tolkien

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Thank you :)

Undo what Wilson did


I figured you would be crawling on this thread.

thanks for that off topicish delight

This is the most beautiful photography of ants (and many other things) that you'll ever see.

Check this out: http://youtu.be/GmdXzT3Lxf0?t=25m27s

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this reminds me of a movie

"Where The Green Ants Dream"

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

Do Ants Sleep?

Better question:

Do Americans ever wake up?

watch The Panda/NAFTA Connection
tonight @ 9:00, 8 central

this reminds me of a story

About the "Dimensional ants"

suppose there are a group of ants, and they live in the first dimension. Therefore, they may only move back and forward, imagine them walking in an uniform line. But then, a rock comes in their way, thus rendering them unable to move past it.

Then comes the 2D ants,who walked past by the rock(adding left and right to their direction). Now, the 1D Ants would protest, "you can't do that!" But were there any such rule to begin with?

Now for the 2D ants to walk, eventually, they meet a wall. Now they cannot over come that.

This is where the 3D ants come, adding depth to their direction. Many 2D Ants, of course, protested. They wouldn't be convinced, but some of course, followed, and climbed past the wall to see the morning sun.

How is this relevant?

It's hard to make someone who had lived their whole life in the second dimension(Media brainwash and accepting the idea of government being omnipotent) by simply talking to them

what may motivate them though, is if you show them, what liberty is. And you can bring them to the third dimension that way

just something I wanted to say.

"Truth is Treason in an Empire that lies" - Ron Paul

Educate the masses, and win in the end.

Which begs the question(s)...

Do ants snore?

Dream (wet or not)?

Maybe ants sleep more than we

Maybe ants sleep more than we know: how about if most of the sleep of the ants is done while moving, that is, they are great sleepwalkers?!?

"Air is the very substance of our freedom, the substance of superhuman joy....aerial joy is freedom."--Gaston Bachelard--

They do if...

I ever find one in my house! ;-)

Do slugs


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Good Question

Very thought provoking ....I am not sure I like those lol