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Ants; JACK!

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Tracy Ligon

on 8 May 2013

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All about ANTS!!! What to Eat? Reproduction Home Sweet Home They don't have a specific habitat, but they
like to build their nests any where from a grassy plain, to a rocky mountain.There homes are not made from any thing particular, but they like to use mud and dirt.
Ants have developed advanced ways to find, distribute and in some cases make their own food.The quantity of food eaten by ants is unrivaled. It has been said that ants eat more meat than lions wolves and tigers combined (ants: natures secret power).They are common pests in agricultural areas where they can quickly devour crops.
Ants feed on a large range of foods, from engine oil at the side of a road, to other ant species. Most ant species are omnivorous and eat seeds, nectar, and other invertebrates.Army ants are carnivorous, they hunt, kill and eat prey such as worms, spiders and even sometimes small vertebrates like lizards.Leaf cutting ants are one of a few species of herbivorous ants, they feed on a type of fungus, which they grow from the chewed up remains of leaves and flowers that they take back to their nests.Some people are known to eat ants as part of their diets! see amazing ant fact 23. Egg: Ant eggs are oval shaped and tiny (they are on the order of 1 mm long, but the queen's egg is many times larger).
Larva: 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 increase in size.
Pupa: After reaching a certain size, the larva spins a silk-like cocoon around itself (against a solid object, like the wall of the chamber) and pupates. During this time the body metamorphoses (changes) into its adult form.
Adult: 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. I need a job Queen - The queen begins her life with wings, which she uses while mating. After mating with a male ant (or many males), she flies to her nesting area. She then loses her wings and spends her life laying eggs.
Workers - Workers are the many sterile (non-reproducing), wingless female worker ants who are the daughters of the queen. These workers collect food and feed members of the colony, defend the colony, and enlarge the nest. Most of the ants in a colony are workers.
Soldiers - Soldiers are large workers (sterile females) who defend the colony and often raid other colonies, capturing slaves. .
Males - Males are small ants that have wings. They fly from the colony to mate with a queen. They die soon afterwards. Follow Me!
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