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Systems - Those Mighty, Mighty Ants!



Systems - Those Mighty, Mighty Ants!

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Systems - Those Mighty, Mighty Ants!
By Mary Perrin
  

1     Ants are amazing insects. They live in colonies. Each colony is a system of ants that work together and depend on one another in order to live. Each colony has worker ants, soldier ants, and one or two queen ants. Their tiny bodies are made to allow them to do different jobs. Each job is important. The colony would not do very well if a job did not get done. Every ant does its part. The worker ants must move the quickest. The worker ants are responsible for many jobs. Worker ants do not live very long. They collect food for the colony, they look after the queen's eggs, and they work hard to protect the nest.
 
2     The nest is sometimes called an ant hill. An ant hill is a pile of dirt or sand that sits on top of the ground. Ants can also make their nest underground, beneath rocks, and inside old trees, too. Like other insects, ants have six legs. Ants use their strong legs to help them move quickly around the nest. Ants also have three main body parts. They are called the head, thorax, and abdomen. These three body parts allow ants to carry large amounts of weight. Ants can lift twenty times their body weight. For example, if your body weighs fifty pounds, you would be able .....
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