Ant Science Project

Ants are social insects of the family Formicidae. Today, between 12,000 and 14,000 species are classified. Their distinctive features include elbowed antennae and a slender waist.

Being social creatures, ants live in colonies ranging in size from a few tens of predatory individuals to millions of individuals. When these colonies range in the millions, they are mostly sterile females that form castes of "workers" that divide into specialized groups. Ant colonies also have some fertile males called "drones" and one or more fertile females called "queens.” These colonies operate unified entities, collectively working together to support the colony, and are sometimes described as super organisms.

Even more interesting is that ants are nearly everywhere. They dominate most ecosystems. Fifteen to 20% of the terrestrial animal biomass is ants.

We could perhaps learn something from them. Why? Although they are a dominant species, they are in harmony with other species. Perhaps by watching a species live for a while you can see some aspect of their lives that would help you. Does studying an ant to learn from it sound preposterous? Well, the Bible counsels, “Go to the ant, you lazy one; see its ways and become wise. 7 Although it has no commander, officer or ruler, 8 it prepares its food even in the summer; it has gathered its food supplies even in the harvest. 9 How long, you lazy one, will you keep lying down? When will you rise up from your sleep? 10 A little more sleep, a little more slumbering, a little more folding of the hands in lying down, 11 and your poverty will certainly come just like some rover, and your want like an armed man.” This quote is from the book of Proverbs, Chapter 6, verses 6 through 10.

Scientists acknowledge that ants possess social organization, with a division of labor, communication between individuals, and an ability to solve complex problems, including an ability to modify their habitats, tap resources and defend themselves. Their long co-habitation with other species has led to mimetic, commensal, (meaning that they eat together at the same table), parasitic and mutualistic relationships.

Getting to the personal level, ants take care of themselves. They carry their combs not in the back pockets of their jeans mostly because they don’t wear jeans. They do wear the combs, brushes, soaps, and pomades that they use in the fourth joint of their legs. Let’s see, that is … just below the tiny waist, as far as I can tell in the picture in the encyclopedia. . … Whose idea was it to carry a comb in one’s back pocket, anyway?

Here’s your experiment:

Get an ant kit. There are plenty on-line, or you can get a dirt less one. The gel one sometimes dries up with the result that the ants die. You wouldn’t want that. Now, watch the critters.

Find out where those combs are.

P.S. If you catch an ant massaging another ant, which they do, you get a royal blue star, or something equally amazing.