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Ants – Ant Facts For Kids

Ant Facts about raising and observing ants, how to build an ant farm. Learn about Ant anatomy and how to draw an Ant!

Ant Anatomy
The anatomy of ants is very interesting. Use this diagram, that shows the main body parts of ants, and the information below to learn about the anatomy of ants.

Ant Farmers
Ants have been farming fungi for millions of years. Come find out how scientists have figured this out.

The Ants Go Marching
Lyrics and music for this popular kids marching song.

The Antlion Pit
The larval stage of this insect is a voracious eater of ants, and thus its name. Find out why it is also called a “Doodlebug.”

Build Your Own Ant Terrarium
Step-by-step instructions on how to build a 6″x6″x3/4″ Plaster/Gypsum Ant Terrarium or Habitat. Other types also have instructions on how to make or order.

Building an Ant Farm
This project requires adult supervision for cutting plastic.
Part 2.

Gakken’s Photo Encyclopedia of Ants
A beautifully illustrated site with lots of information about ants in a style child will enjoy.

How to Make an Ant Colony (Formicarium)
Probably clear plexiglass could be safer to use than glass. A good way to make your own ant farm. Warning, though, ants can escape from the most cleverly made “farm,” so release the ants far from your home when done watching them.

Natural History Museum AntCam
Check out our colony of thousands of leafcutter ants. They live in a large glass ant case called a formicary, in our Creepy Crawlies gallery.


Smithsonian Entomology Ant Cam
Live cam of  Atta cephalotes (leaf cutters) native to the Amazon rainforests of Peru. This colony lives in the National Museum of Natural History’s Entomology Lab.

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Try to Make an Ant Get Lost
Analyze the ants. Carefully note what they do when they reach the ground again after crossing the obstruction. Do they seem confused? Do they go the wrong way? How long does it take them to figure out the right way? Do your ants eventually learn the new path over the obstruction?

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