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Ant Bits

By Ioulia Bespalova
Illustrated by Ioulia Bespalova and Sabine Deviche

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  • Colony: a group of the same kind (species) of plants or animals living together... more
  • Fungus: an organism that is part of the kingdom called fungi which includes yeasts, molds, and mushrooms. Fungi mainly feed on decaying organic matter... more
  • Larva: the second, "worm-like" stage in the life cycle of insects that undergo complete metamorphosis (like caterpillars).
  • Queen: a female ant that lays eggs.
  • Superorganism: a group of organisms in which members depend on each other to complete tasks needed to live. Members are often highly specialized... more

Flashcard facts and information about ants

Biology Bits stories are a great way for you to learn about biology a little bit at a time. We’ve broken down information into pieces that are very tiny—bite-sized biology cards. Cutting out the cards will let you organize them however you want, or use them as flashcards while you read.

This set of bits will teach you about the tiny insects that can work together to accomplish big things: ants. To learn more about the science behind ants, visit Secrets of a Superorganism.

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Beaver Teeth

Here are some pieces of biology that you can sink your teeth into. One bit at a time.

Share to Google Classroom

Be part of Ask A Biologist

by volunteering, or simply sending us feedback on the site. Scientists, teachers, writers, illustrators, and translators are all important to the program. If you are interested in helping with the website we have a Volunteer page to get the process started.