Farming ants…

 Yes!  and it was actually pretty fun!

Setting up and maintaining an ant farm in order to watch the behavior of social insects was one of the projects in the Flying Creatures curriculum we worked on this fall – and so you are asking – why are ants in a flying creatures curriculum?  Well, Grace informs me that the Queens fly in order to establish a new colony, with the male ants who have emerged from their pupa stage (conveniently) at the same time.  They swarm, mate, and then the males, well, they die (sorry!) and the Queen begins a new colony.   

Here are some photos of our ant farm: 

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I went looking through my posts for something else, and found this post – unpublished from early last fall!  So, here it is!

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