Ant bits
Written by: Ioulia Bespalova
Illustrated by: Sabine Deviche and Ioulia Bespalova

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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

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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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A close-up illustration of an acorn ant, with a colony in an acorn in the background.An illustration of a yellow ant, a hairy blue ant, and a green ant.An illustration of "worker" ants, with one going shopping for food, one raising a young larva, and one dressed up as a miner, ready to dig.An illustration of a mating male and queen, as well as a female worker.An illustration of a large ant that is made up of tinier ants.An illustration of the life cycle of an ant, going from egg to larva to pupa, to adult.An illustration of an ant colony, within a pile of dirt.An illustration of an ant getting sugary waste water from an aphid.An image of a turtle ant, with a huge head that blocks their hole in a plant stalk.An Cartoon silhouette of someone speaking

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  • Article: Ant Bits
  • Author(s): Ioulia Bespalova
  • Publisher: Arizona State University School of Life Sciences Ask A Biologist
  • Site name: ASU - Ask A Biologist
  • Date published: September 23, 2014
  • Date accessed: June 12, 2024
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Ioulia Bespalova. (2014, September 23). Ant Bits. ASU - Ask A Biologist. Retrieved June 12, 2024 from

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