The ant that was able to lift a hundred times its own weight

Ants are some of the strongest creatures on Earth. Although the strength varies between different species, some can lift between 10 and 50 times their own weight.

Still, researchers at the University of Cambridge photographed an Asian weaver ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) lifting 100 times its weight.

To assimilate to what extent an ant is stronger than a human being (except for its size, of course), it is worth taking a look at the following analogies:

Lifting 50 times your weight would be like a human lifting a pickup truck.

Running 100 times his body length per second is far more than Usain Bolt, the fastest human, can only run 6.

Jumping 2 centimeters in the air is the human equivalent of jumping 13 meters high.

These markings make the ant an extraordinary creature, however, if we focus exclusively on strength, there is another that totally outshines it: in 2010, Rob Knell of Queen Mary University of London found that a dung beetle (Onthophagus taurus ) can lift up to 1,141 times its own weight.

The proportional strength of that dung beetle is only matched by that of an oribatid mite (Archegozetes longisetosus), which weighs just 100 micrograms. In 2007, researchers discovered that this microscopic animal can lift 1,180 times its own weight and drag 540 times its body mass.

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