Today we learned about the life cycle of an ant. We also learned about an ant year and played a math game. T liked playing with those tiny plastic ants that I found. He seems to like bugs more than J does. I’m glad he doesn’t take after his Mama, I can’t stand them!
Ant Life Cycle
- Egg – queen ants lay tiny oval shaped eggs
- Larva – worm like larva keep growing causing their skin to shed; they don’t have eyes or legs
- Pupa – once the larva reaches a certain size, it spins a cocoon and pupates; during the time in the cocoon, the ant’s body changes to adult form
- Adult – the pupa emerges out of the cocoon into an adult nt
A worker ant generally lives about four years. However, the queen can live up to 10 or 20 years!
The Life Cycle of an Ant by Trevor terry & Margaret Linton
- What are the four stages of the ant life cycle? Egg, larva, pupa, adult
- Who lays the eggs? Queen ant
- What is an ant larva like? Don’t have eyes or legs
- What happens in the pupa stage? Ant larva spins a cocoon to change to an adult
Ant Life Cycle Activity
- EGG- Ant eggs are oval shaped and tiny (they are on the order of 1 mm long, but the queen’s egg is many times larger).
- LARVA- The worm-like larvae have no eyes and no legs; they eat food fed to them by adult ants. The larvae molt (shed their skin) many times as they increase in size.
- PUPA- After reaching a certain size, the larva spins a silk-like cocoon around itself and pupates. During this time the body metamorphoses (changes) into its adult form.
- ADULT The pupa emerges as an adult. The entire life cycle usually lasts from 6 to 10 weeks. Some queens can live over 15 years, and some workers can live for up to 7 years.
- April – open nest
- May – time to mate and lay eggs
- June – larvae grows and grows
- August – work, work, work
- November through March – hibernation
We made a book on page 35 of this download for our A Year in the Life of an Ant activity.
Ants Go Marching in a Number Line
- A die labeled with +1, +2, +3, -1, -2, -3
- Tiny Plastic Ants
- A number line that goes as high as you’d like
- Each player puts their counter at the beginning of the number line at 0
- The players take turns rolling the die/cube and moving their counter along the number line by the number rolled on the die/cube. (Player says the number square he is on and then says +3 if that is what he rolls and says the answer.) If a player lands in the same box as another player, the other player goes back a space
- The first player to reach the end of the number line wins!
Ant Unit Study