When Do Ants Sleep?

When Do Ants Sleep?

Ants sleep intermittently, often taking hundreds of brief naps throughout the day, according to a study on ant sleeping habits.

Researchers Deby Cassill, Skye Brown, and Devon Swick of the University of Southern Florida in St. Petersburg, together with George Yanev of the University of Texas in Arlington, conducted a study on the sleeping patterns of the fire ant, Solenopsis invicta.

The study found that Solenopsis invicta worker ants sleep, on average, 253 times per day, with each sleep episode lasting around 1.1 minutes, for a grand total of 4 hours and 38 minutes of sleep.

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Best Book About Ants

Best Book About Ants

The best book about ants is undoubtedly The Ants by Bert Hölldobler and Edward O. Wilson. Nearly every question you could ever think to ask about ants is answered in this 712-page book.

In fact, The Ants is so comprehensive that it won the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction in 1991. The authors, Bert Hölldobler and Edward O. Wilson, are both legends in the field of myrmecology. Wilson is even credited with developing the theories of chemical communication (i.e. pheromones) and sociobiology.

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