|MadSci Network: Zoology|
Ants eat a lot of different things, depending on species. Many are almost omnivores (they eat just about anything from dead insects to seeds, but not usually leaves), others are carnivores (army ants for example), seed- feeders (harvesting ants), fungus-feeders (use leaves for fertilizer and growing medium), or feed primarily on nectar (honey ants for example.) Ants have just about conquered every non-aquatic habitat, except the Polar Regions and are among the most successful of organisms. Reference: Hölldobler, B., and E. O. Wilson. 1990. The Ants. Belknap Press of Harvard, Cambridge, MA. 732 p.
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