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Winged reproductive fire ants leaving mound on nuptial flight. Photo by Bart Drees
The alates (winged forms) of fire ants are most abundant in late spring …
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Life In A Fire Ant Family: Learning Activities
KIDzANTS and Beyond: Educational Materials for Young People About Imported Fire Ants
The following learning lessons explain where fire ants came from, and discuss fire ant biology and behavior. Instructions for hands-on experiments and exercises are included.
Lessons for Age
FA Youth Home > List of Exercises > Protective Coloring
Activity: Protective Coloring
This exercise allows you to observe how camouflage can protect insects from predators.
Observe and identify the characteristics that help insects survive.
FA Youth Home > List of Exercises > What Do You Like to Eat?
Activity: What Do You Like to Eat?
Compare what you like to eat with that of an ant. Create a model of an ant and …
FA Youth Home > List of Exercises > What’s a Fire Ant to Eat?
Activity: What’s a Fire Ant to Eat?
Learn about the diet of imported fire ants by offering them fats, proteins and carbohydrates (sugars). Observe their …
FA Youth Home > Lessons: A Fire Ant Smorgasbord
Ahhh, this is the life.
Fire ants feed on insects and other arthropods as well as small birds, small mammals, amphibians and reptiles. These food sources satisfy the protein requirements in …
FA Youth Home > Lessons: Fire Ant Smorgasbord > Food Web and Food Chain
Food Web and Food Chain
Few insects prey on fire ants, so they are not an important part of the food web. Although dragonflies may …
FA Youth Home > Lessons: Living It Up in a Fire Ant Nest > Tunnels
Tunnels in a Fire Ant Mound
Fire ants surfacing to crawl up a person’s boot
Fire ant workers leave and return to the mound by …
FA Youth Home > Lessons: Living It Up in a Fire Ant Nest
Note: Some of this material has been adapted from IPMWorld
|A fire ant mound near a sidewalk
||Diagram of a fire ant mound
||Some mounds are large|