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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  • 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: November 17, 2018
  • Link: https://askabiologist.asu.edu/biology-bits/ant-bits

APA Style

Ioulia Bespalova. (2014, September 23). Ant Bits. ASU - Ask A Biologist. Retrieved November 17, 2018 from https://askabiologist.asu.edu/biology-bits/ant-bits

American Psychological Association. For more info, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/10/

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Ioulia Bespalova. "Ant Bits". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 23 September, 2014. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/biology-bits/ant-bits

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Ioulia Bespalova. "Ant Bits". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 23 Sep 2014. ASU - Ask A Biologist, Web. 17 Nov 2018. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/biology-bits/ant-bits

Modern Language Association, 7th Ed. For more info, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/08/

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