Can Ants Smell?

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Ants have an extraordinary ability to smell, using the odor receptors on their antennae. They can smell food and they lay down chemical trails to and from their nest for other colony members to follow. This is a page about, "Can ants smell?".


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September 18, 2017

I want to know if ants can smell?


September 18, 20170 found this helpful
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This is an amusing question as well as interesting so I hope you like the answers. Can ants smell? Definitely yes.

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Ants have a keen sense of smell.. Ants actually have four to five times more odor receptors (located on their antennae) than most other insects. Its this exceptional sense of smell that helps ants find food.

Step 2
Ants use special nerve cells associated with tiny hairs on their antennae to smell odors. The kind of ants found in kitchens probably have a few thousand of these "smell cells," and the cells are tuned to different classes of odors.


Ants leave "trails" when out foraging for food and when they find it they leave a similar trail back to their home/colony and other ants then pick up that trail and pretty soon you have a zillion ants heading to and from any food source no matter how small.

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Yes, they are super sniffers that can smell things we can't.

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Ants may be experts at sniffing out body odor, according to a new study that reveals these insects have a "high-definition ability" to detect tiny chemical changes in the pheromones other ants give off.

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