It is challenging to get an accurate idea of the total weight of ants as their number keeps frequently changing due to quick reproduction.
How Heavy Are All the Ants in the World? The total weight of all ants in the world is around 2.2 to 2.5 megatons or equal to 2500,000,000 kg as there are 20 quadrillion ants on Earth with an average of 3mg, while their dried mass is 10 to 12 megatons. Their total body mass is not equal to that of humans as they only weigh equal to 20 to 25% of human weight.
You can determine their total weight by considering the body mass of one of these insects, which can be easily measured on an electronic balance.
Moreover, it can help you reach the final weight of all these tiny ants living on the planet if you know their total population.
What is the total weight of ants on Earth?
Ants are one of the most abundant species found on Earth as their population is more than other animals, humans, and birds sharing the same environment.
Their average weight is almost 3mg, which varies slightly for different species as it can reach 0.5 to 1mg at minimum, while it is around 120 to 150 mg at maximum.
Moreover, the total number of ants on this planet is 20 quadrillion which exceeds from human population and is equal to 20,000,000,000,000,000 or 20 thousand trillion.
The biggest insect from this species weighs around 0.15g, while the smallest one is about 0.5 mg or 0.0005g, which is relatively smaller than the average weight of insects, which is around 0.003g or 3mg.
It is supposed that their total body mass can be 60bn kg if the average weight of each insect is 3mg after considering their entire population.
According to an estimation, their total mass is around 2.2 or 2.5 million tons, which means 2.5 megatons, which is equal to 2500,000,000 kg.
However, their dried weight is 10 to 12 megatons, which is half of their actual body mass as it includes the dried biomass or dry carbon.
How much would 1 million ants weigh?
Millions of ants are required to outweigh humans or even lift their bodies despite their incredible body strength because they have a smaller surface area and less force of gravity.
Almost 500,000 of these insects make up 1kg if they have an average weight of 2mg. However, if the average weight remains the same, 1 million of these tiny insects make up 2 kg.
It can reach 4 to 5 kg for larger and heavier insects like queens, which can reach almost 4 to 5 mg. Around 1 million giant ants with 150mg body mass can collectively weigh around 150kg.
However, the total body mass increases for 2.5 million insects and reaches up to 5kg when their average weight is 2mg, but they can get heavier with changing species and the number of insects.
In the same way, you can calculate the total mass of 10 million insects as if 1 million insects make up to 2kg, then 10 million of these smaller insects can collectively weigh around 20kg.
In contrast, 1 million soldier ants or Dinomyrmex Gigas commonly found in the forest can weigh 370kg as their estimated mass is 0.370g or 370mg.
How much would 1 billion ants weigh?
A billion ants refer to 1000 million of these insects, which is a huge number, but their total weight is less than 50 human beings of 50kg.
Accordingly, 1 million of these insects have a body mass of around 2kg, so their body mass reaches almost 2000kg or 2.2 tons for 1 billion insects.
They will have a total weight of 22 tons when their number reaches 10 billion. One thousand billion get equal to a trillion, and their body mass increases to 2200 tons or 2.2 kilotons.
So, getting a perfectly accurate measurement for their total weight is challenging as there are thousands of species in different regions of the world with varying masses of bodies.
They have a shorter lifespan and quick growth rate, resulting in significant variation in their number on the planet. Their total weight increases during summer as it is ideal for mating season.
Additionally, there are multiple castes in a single colony, which make species diverse and creates difficulty in determining their actual mass on Earth.
Researchers have made a rough estimation of their body mass and population to get an idea of the total weight of these tiny insects.
They have found that ants’ total weight is higher than birds as there are only 250 to 250 billion birds on Earth. All of the wild birds are 0.002 Gigaton by weight.
Additionally, all wild mammals have an average weight of 0.006 Gigaton, while the dry weight of these insects is more than the total body mass of mammals and birds.
Are all ants as heavy as all humans in the world?
On average, a single person weighs almost 132 pounds (60,000,000mg), while that of one ant is around 3mg, which is many times lighter than larger humans.
It indicates that around 20 million insects are required to be as heavy as humans as they have smaller and lighter bodies, while humans are bigger and heavier.
The average weight of adult humans is 180 pounds (80kg), while it is almost 115 pounds (52kg) for the teens or young generation.
Their population is 7 to 8 billion, according to current statistics. Therefore, it is estimated that the total weight of humans on this planet is 472.5 billion kg if the average weight and population of all humans are around 139 pounds or 63 kilograms and 7.5 billion.
However, the total body mass of ants is found to be 60 billion kg, which means humans are approximately 412.5 billion kg times heavier. Therefore, their total mass is only 20 to 25% of human weight.
So, all these ants cannot be as heavy as humans in the world because of their tiny body structures; they are a hundred times smaller than you.