ant fact archive

Anna Lea Hucht, untitled, 2013

Anna Lea Hucht

watercolor on paper
19×19 cm
courtesy of the artist and Meyer Riegger

Fire Ants1 take around 250 naps per day, each lasting just over one minute. Some choose to sleep upside down on the ceiling. During deep sleep phases, they exhibit rapid antennal movement.2,3

  • Solenopsis invicta workers
  • also known as RAM sleep—which begs the question: do ants dream?
  • Cassill et al., 2009