Ants are some of the strongest creatures on Earth. Although strength varies between different species, some can raise their own weight between 10 and 50 times.
However, some researchers from the University of Cambridge photographed a Asian weaver ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) lifting 100 times your weight.
To assimilate to what extent an ant is stronger than a human being (if we except its size, of course), it is worth taking a look at the following analogies:
- Lifting 50 times its weight would be as if a human lifted a truck.
- Running 100 times the length of his body per second is much more than Usain Bolt, the fastest human, who is only able to reach 6.
- Jumping 2 centimeters in the air is the human equivalent of jumping 13 meters high.
These marks make the ant an extraordinary creature, however, if we focus exclusively on strength, there is another that totally eclipses it: in 2010, Rob Knell, of Queen Mary University in 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 comparable to that of an oribatid mite (Archegozeteslongisetosus), 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.