Through close-up videography, follow the ant trails to find out
what a scientist is learning about the organization and behavior
of a thatch ant colony.
Students are introduced to thatch ants. The insects build nests
using interwoven twigs. For food, they harvest honeydew from aphids.
Survival depends on each worker constantly tending the nest and
collecting honeydew. Interestingly, there appears to be no hierarchy
in a thatch ant colony.
Length: 8:15 Grade level: 4-7
The "Tiny Creatures: Thatch Ants" video program and curriculum
guide provide opportunities for students to learn:
- The physical structure and maintenance required for a successful
thatch ant nest.
- The food chain of a thatch ant.
- Physical adaptations for collecting food and protection from
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posterior section of the body behind the thorax in an arthropod
antennae: one of a pair of slender, movable, segmented sensory
organs on the head of insects and crustaceans
colony: a distinguishable, localized population of a species
crop: receptacle in the forward part of the abdomen for
mandible: insect jaw
microcosm: a community that is the epitome of a larger unity
nest: a specially modified structure serving as an abode
predator: animal that consumes other animals
prey: animal that is consumed by other animals
queen: the fertile, fully developed female of social bees,
ants and termites
trail: a track made by passage through a wilderness
worker: any of the sexually underdeveloped and usually sterile
members of a colony of social ants, bees, wasps or termites that
perform most of the labor and protective duties of the colony.