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Ants

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, Montana

The Ubiquitous Ant

The Ubiquitous Ant

According to Wikipedia, there are an estimated 22,000 species in the family Formicidae, more commonly known as Ants. Only slightly more than half of those species have been formerly identified. Just about anywhere you go in the world, except near the poles and some isolated islands, some species of ants can be found. In the US, there are an estimated 600 plus species. Ants range in size from a minuscule .03 millimeters to a gigantic 2 inches. Because they exist just about everywhere, usually in large numbers, ants are an important terrestrial food source for fish, particularly trout. The word “ant” is derived from ante, emete of Middle English which are derived from ǣmette of Old English, and is related to the dialectal Dutch emt and the Old High German āmeiza, hence the modern German Ameise. All of these words come from West Germanic ēmaitijǭ, and the original meaning of the word was “the biter” (from Proto-Germanic ai-, “off, away” + mait- “cut”). We all know ants bite, and are lucky that fur, foam and feathers that imitate ants cause trout to bite. more…