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Ant Anatomy and Life Cycle:Cloze Activity
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abdomen

stages

male

three

exoskeleton

adult

cycle

jaws

metamorphoses

acid

egg

jointed


Ants, like all insects, have ________________________ legs, ________________________ body parts (the head, thorax and ________________________), a pair of antennae, and a hard exoskeleton. The _____________________________ 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 ________________________ from the stinger (the stinger is at the tip of the abdomen, the rear body segment). Ants can also bite using their ________________________ (mandibles). Ants range in size from about 0.08 inch (2 mm) to up to about 1 inch (25 mm) long.

The life cycle of the ant has four ________________________: ________________________, larva, pupa, and ________________________. Fertilized eggs produce female ants (queens, workers, or soldiers); unfertilized eggs produce ________________________ 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 ________________________ (changes) into its adult form. The pupa emerges as an adult. The entire life ________________________ usually lasts from 6 to 10 weeks. Some queens can live over 15 years, and some workers can live for up to 7 years.


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