Does Ants Sleep Or Not? Fact You Need To Know About Ants
The ant we see in our homes and on the streets, sometimes. In fact she is an insect and, in fact, ant never sleeps, because ant has no eyes. We also see ants that are very small in size but whether they ever sleep or not, we don’t want to know about them.
Ants can hold 50 times heavier than their weight and there are more than 12,000 species of ants. Some ants can float, as well. It’s in thickness from 2 to 7 millimetres.
It is also seen that ants walk in a line, as the ant in the queue’s front row emit an odor that is passed on to the scented ants.
A long chain of ants trailing a wall, hundreds of ants walking in a line carrying food or looking for it; quite a common sight, isn’t it? There’s a certain pattern in their walk, something of a regularity. Whatever their destination, none of the ants leaves their line and following a fixed pattern they walk tandem, I wonder who sets it for them, the queen ant? When I look at them working hard, I wonder if they’re ever sleeping.
There are those who say ants never really sleep. The answer seems correct on first glance, as it is very unusual to find an ant resting or even standing still. Ants are constantly on their feet and it’s always safe to believe ants can never rest or sleep. But then, isn’t it true that all living things need some rest? And if it’s someone as busy as a bee, is it not unusual for them never to sleep? So do sleeping ants? Indeed, they do.
Ants appear to work 24/7 since at every point in time there are still a few ants working and all working ants look the same! And even though you see ants walking for hours constantly, it is not the same group of ants you see all the time. Many ants will sleep for some time, while others will take their place. Taking turns in their sleep, these clever ants are probably fooling us into thinking they’re working the entire day.
Have you seen some ants walk sluggishly while others look active? Okay, those are the ones who have just woken up, got back into action and took some time to recover their normal pace. Isn’t it interesting? Research says the ants exhibit sleep as behavior to reduce their food needs. This results in decreased metabolic activity, thus reducing their nutritional needs. What a beautiful solution to food scarcity!
Ant will take turns sleeping. But when they are sleeping there’s a particular time of the year. Watching bees in winter? Where are those ants going when they get cold? Isn’t finding smaller, but almost no bees in the cold months of the year puzzling? Well then, they need to sleep. Research indicate that wintertime ants hibernate. Over that time their metabolism slows down. They rely on the food they gather during the summer months and are less active in cold weather.
How long do ants sleep?
The period the ants sleep for varies with the ant type. The article notes that fire ants sleep for sure, and that worker ants have 253 minute-long sleep episodes every day. Queen ants have periods of 6 minutes long sleep, and 92 like that, in one day. Therefore, the sleep of the worker ants corresponds to about 4 hours of regular sleep, while the queen ants ‘ 926-minute sleep episodes corresponds to about 9 hours of sleep per day.
But wasn’t it interesting to learn about the sleeping ants? Some of them at least do. And it was even more fascinating to find out they still had visions like we do. So, remember the next time you see a long line of ants, before you enjoy their unceasing walk. The ones you saw a while ago, might have already dumbed off!
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