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There are thousands of species of ants found all over the world and in just about every type of land environment. Many species are found in rain forests. The science of studying ants is called myrmecology.


Ants are common social insects. They always live in colonies (a colony is a group of related ants); some colonies have millions of ants in them. Each ant colony consists of the following: Ants exhibit complex behavior; some ants build intricate nests, some are fierce warriors, some collect and store seeds (harvester ants), some capture slaves, and some farm fungi (leaf-cutter ants).


Anatomy: Ants, like all insects, have jointed legs, three body parts (the head, thorax and abdomen), a pair of antennae, and a hard exoskeleton. The exoskeleton is made up of a material that is very similar to our fingernails. Ants range in color from yellow to brown to red to black.

Some ants have a stinger and some can even inject poisonous acid from the stinger (the stinger is at the tip of the abdomen, the rear body segment). Ants can also bite using their jaws (mandibles). Ants range in size from about 0.08 inch (2 mm) to up to about 1 inch (25 mm) long.


Life Cycle: The life cycle of the ant has four stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. Fertilized eggs produce female ants (queens, workers, or soldiers); unfertilized eggs produce male ants. The worm-like larvae have no eyes and no legs; they eat food regurgitated by adult ants. The larvae molt (shed their skin) many times as they grow. After reaching a certain size, they spin a silk-like cocoon (against a solid object, like the wall of the chamber) and pupate. During this time the body metamorphoses (changes) into its adult form. The pupa emerges as an adult. The entire life cycle usually lasts from 6 to 10 weeks. Some queens can live over 15 years, and some workers can live for up to 7 years.


Classification: Kingdom Animalia (animals), Phylum Arthropoda, Subphylum Uniramia, Class Insecta (insects), Order Hymenoptera (ants and wasps - insects with a waist), Family Formicidae (over 8,000 species of ants).


Ant Printouts:


Ant

Ants are social insects that are found worldwide and in almost every environment.


Ant Life Cycle Sequencing Cards

Cut out the four scenes and arrange them so they show the ant life cycle.


Ant Life Cycle

Ant larva hatch from tiny eggs, then pupate and metamorphosize into adults.


Ant Anatomy: Label Me!

Label the external anatomy of the ant.
Answers


Leafcutter Ant

Leafcutter ants are fungus farmers - they grow their own food.
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Ant Anatomy and Life Cycle: Cloze Activity

Do a fill-in-the-blanks activity on ant anatomy and the life cycle of these social insects. Answers
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Ant Colonies: Cloze Activity

Do a fill-in-the-blanks activity on ant colonies. Answers


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