Ants have many ecological purposes, including caring for other insects, spreading the seeds of some plants, breaking up soil and serving as a source of food. Anteaters and humans are among the animals that eat ants.Know More
Ants and their eggs are considered a type of caviar in some areas of the world, and in parts of Asia, they're made into a condiment. Ants, which evolved from wasps, sometimes gather other insects to harvest their sweet excretions. Some insects capitalize on ants' mothering natures by using ants as babysitters for their offspring. Ants spread the seeds of an estimated 9 percent of all plants. In areas prone to wildfires, ants are especially important to the survival of plants because they take seeds safely underground.
There are an estimated 1 million ants for every person on the planet, and the total volume of ants equals that of humans. Ants live on almost every land area in the world in groups that range from several dozen to millions. The only places where ants do not live are Antarctica and a few hostile islands. Their movement in building and maintaining their nests below ground level helps break up soil, which encourages plant growth. Ants are studied for their similarities to humans, including the ability to communicate in a number of ways, their division of work tasks and their problem-solving abilities.Learn more about Animal Reproduction
To germinate a radish seed, place it in an appropriate type of seed-starting soil at a depth of 1/2 inch in rows separated by 3 inches between seeds. Plant the seeds in either early spring or late summer and early fall. Avoid planting at the height of summer, when temperatures regularly exceed 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Water moderately and mulch around the seed furrows to seal moisture into the soil.Full Answer >
The Old Farmer's Almanac, the Burpee seed company and Bonnie Plants all recommend waiting to plant watermelon seeds outdoors until the soil reaches a temperature of at least 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Waiting for the soil to warm up ensures more reliable germination.Full Answer >
Plant seeds from a papaya fruit or store-bought seeds in a soil that is rich in nutrients. If you are growing papaya indoors, transplant the seedlings to a large container, and place them in full sunlight. Cull the weaker plants, water the plants daily, and fertilize them regularly. Papaya plants bear fruit within 10 months of planting.Full Answer >
Plant tomato plants by choosing a good site in which to grow them, preparing the soil, and planting the tomatoes in a hole large enough to accommodate the root ball. Pinch off the lower branches, water the plant well, and establish cages for supporting the plants.Full Answer >