Ants Observation

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Ants have been living on this earth for more than 100 million years now, and can be found almost everywhere on the planet. There are more than 20,000 species of ants all over the world. If we observe these tiny species at length, we see that they have a very effective way of communicating with each other. Ants communicate by touching each other with their antennae. They also use chemicals called pheromones to leave scent trails for other ants to follow. ANATOMY: The ant anatomy is divided into three main parts. The head, the thorax (middle portion), and the abdomen (metasoma). They have three pairs of legs that are attached to the thorax. The head consists of eyes, jaws and antennae. Their eyes are made of many lenses that…show more content…
These tunnels weaken the wood and potentially damage the wood that keeps the house standing. 3. ODOROUS HOUSE ANTS- This ant gets its name from the strong, rotten coconut-like smells it gives off when crushed and the fact that they commonly nest in or around houses. They are native to the United States. They feed on dead insects and sugary sweets, especially melon. These ants commonly make their homes in exposed soil, under stones, logs, mulch, debris and other items. They will also nest in wall and floor cracks. Odorous house ants do not pose a health threat, but they can contaminate food by leaving waste behind. 4. PAVEMENT ANTS- Although these ants can live inside, they get their name because they make their nests under the cracks in pavement. They are typically found in the eastern half of the United States, California and Washington. These ants will eat almost anything, including insects, grease, seeds, honeydew, honey, bread, meats, nuts and cheese. . Indoors, pavement ants nest under a building’s foundation and within hollow foundation walls. 5. RED IMPORTED FIRE ANTS- Red imported fire ants are more aggressive than other ant species and have a painful sting. They can adapt to many climates and conditions in

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