Ants Videos at National Geographic Kids
Sirah: Story of Ants & Nabi Sulaiman
We have talked about ladybugs and bees. What kind of invertebrates are they? Insects. An ant is also an insect. Ants are found all over the world, in fact there are over 10,000 species of ants. Ants are social insects and live in colonies. There are three different kinds of ants in a colony. The queen, the female workers, and the males. The queens job is to lay eggs. The queen and the male ants have wings. The worker ants build the mound that the ants live in and supply the colony with food. A colony has soldier ants that protect the queen and defend the colony.
Most ants build some type of mound to live in. They build a system of tunnels under their mound which connect rooms, or chambers used for a specific purpose. Some of the chambers are used to store food and some are for nurseries, and other chambers are used for resting places. Ants eat different foods. Some eat other insects, seeds, or fungus.
Ants have six legs and three body parts. Ants eyes able them to see extremely well. The ants antennas help the ant to hear, taste, and smell. Ants have complete metamorphosis. The baby ant that hatches from the egg is a larva. It has no legs. It has a soft white body and small head. Each larva grows and molts and eventually spins a small cocoon of silk.Inside they are changing into a pupa, then they change to become the adult ant.