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  4. Picnic plunder is just one of their many talents.

And their behaviors are just as diverse. In this interactive, meet eight different types of ants and try your hand at matching them to their extraordinary habits and abilities. Match eight ants—the trap jaw and honey pot among them—to their unique behaviors. PBS is a c 3 not-for-profit organization. MENU Watch.

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Six amazing facts you need to know about ants

This title covers these subjects: Insects. Alternative Views. Dewey Sets that include this title: Little Entomologist 4D. Amazing Ants: A 4D Book.

Ant Facts for Kids

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Picnic plunder is just one of their many talents.

They are, in fact, fungus farmers, not leaf eaters. You can see the fungus—the white mould—growing across the cut leaves brought by the ants. A number of species of ants Formica spp. The ants gather the honeydew as an energy source for the colony, and in exchange, the ants guard the aphids from predators. Some ants Lasius spp. Well known are the aggressive African driver ants Dorylus spp.

These ants do not form permanent nests, but rather, have a temporary bivouac that moves each day to a new location as the colony moves in search of food. Some species of birds follow the ant columns and eat the flying insects flushed out by the ants. Once in Costa Rica, army ants invaded our cabin, flushing out about 15 scorpions that took refuge on the ceiling. After the ants left, the scorpions went back into hiding… somewhere in the room.

You can see the sensitive trigger hairs of this trap-jaw ant Odontomachus coquereli that protrude forward from the base of the mandibles.

Equally neat are the trap-jaw ants Odontomachus spp. And, oh yeah, they also sting at the same time. In a Panamanian forest, the entrance of a nest of Atta colombica , a forest-dwelling leafcutter ant. These colonies are so big, they even have their own dump: a designated refuse pile where they throw out old leaves and any other garbage from the nest.

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These nests are easily recognized by the huge pile of dirt with nothing green growing nearby! Working in concert, these weaver ants of the species Oecophylla smaragdina use their body to pull together the leaves of their tree-crown nests. This photo is on exhibition at the museum. Weaver ants Oecophylla spp.