- "I caught an ant! I'm exuber-ant! (Well...not really...)"
The Ant, Camponotus sp., is a common bug found on spoiled fruits, turnips, and candy, year-round, all day. It can be sold for 80 Bells. It is the only bug other than the Fly that can be caught on spoiled food.
An information board in the bug exhibit will provide information about this bug.
"Ants are small but very powerful and are able to carry items far heavier than they are. In the nest, there is a queen and also worker ants, making them somewhat similar to bees. In some habitats, ants actually make up between 15-20% of the area's total terrestrial-animal biomass."
In real life
The Carpenter Ant is a large (0.64 - 2.5cm) ant indigenous to many parts of the world. They reside both outdoors and indoors in moist, decaying or hollow wood. They cut “galleries" into the wood grain to provide passageways for movement from section to section of the nest. Certain parts of a house, such as around and under windows, roof eaves, decks and porches, are more likely to be infested by Carpenter Ants because these areas are most vulnerable to moisture. Left behind sawdust-like material called frass provides clues to their nesting location.
Ants evolved from wasp-like ancestors in the mid-Cretaceous period between 110 and 130 million years ago and diversified after the rise of flowering plants. More than 12,500 out of an estimated total of 22,000 species have been classified. They are easily identified by their elbowed antennae and a distinctive node-like structure that forms a slender waist.