1. Ants live in groups called colonies. They work together. The ant colony lives in a nest called an anthill.
2. There are three types of ants in an anthill: queen(s), workers, and males.
3. The ant has three major parts to its body: head, thorax, and abdomen; ants also have eyes, six legs, and antennae.
4. The queen lays her eggs in a room called a chamber.
5. The eggs are removed from the queen's chamber by the worker ants and they are taken to another room in the anthill. The worker ant cares for the eggs by turning them.
6. Larvae hatch from the eggs. The larvae are moved to another room where they are fed by worker ants.
7. The larvae change into pupae and they are moved to another room. They do not eat.
8. The pupae hatch into adult ants.
9. Other worker ants store food in other rooms in the anthill. The food is used to feed the queen and the larvae.
10. Ants eat lots of insects and they are food themselves for other animals.
11. Ants turn, loosen, and aerate the soil.
12. Ants' nervous systems collect information from the outside world.
13. Ants have compound eyes and can detect motion without turning their heads.
14. Ants use antennae to smell, taste, touch, identify, and "talk" to each other.
15. Below is a list of the different types of ants.
Harvester ants store seeds in chambers.
Honey pot ants spit up a droplet of honeydew its head is tapped.
Wood ants are common and hunt insects.
Weaver ants pull leaves together and weave huge nests.
Leaf Cutter ants live in the tropics, cut heavy leaves, and use the leaves as umbrellas as they travel to their nests.
Army ants are blind and live in the jungle. They have no home so they march through the jungle eating small animals to survive.