Researchers estimate there are 2.5m ants for every human across the planet

The analysis is based on 489 studies of ant populations spanning every continent where the insects live

The world’s human population is forecast to surpass 8bn in the coming months. Compared with ants, that is a mediocre milestone.

Researchers have made the most thorough assessment to date of the global population of ants and the estimated total is a mind-blowing 20 quadrillion of them, or approximately 2.5 million for every human.

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