The origin of ants was long a mystery to us. Today, they are incredibly successful and keeps dominating the regions which they settle in. But when did ants become ants? Myrmecologists believe that they evolved from solitary wasps more than 100 million years ago. With time, the offspring of the female lingered with their mother longer and longer, and eventually, a family structure was established.
For millions of years this behavior transformed the ant family into what we know them as today, a superorganism. Their families can now house several million members centered around one or more queens. The ants are believed to have arisen in the middle of the Cretaceous period, alongside the flowering plants – giving them an enormous boost to their evolutionary trajectory.