Name :------------------------ Class 5/. 12. G-Choose the correct answers: 1- Ants ……………… - are not social insects. - have lived since the time of dinosaurs. 2- Where can we often find an ant nest? - Under a log or rock. - Near tall trees. 3- ……………………… help the queen ant.
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Ants have been alive since the time of the dinosaurs.
Ants are important insects because they move soil, eat bugs, and they are larger in number than other insects. An ant is one of the strongest animals on earth because it can carry a seed five times its weight.
They live in social groups and work together
to solve their problems.
Ants build their homes underground. They dig to form an anthill. Beneath the anthill there is the ant nest. The nests are often built beneath a rock or log.
dig – tunnel – release - beneath
Leafcutter ants take the leaves to the nest to recycle them, and release nutrients into the ground that help the plants grow.
Small nests have only one chamber. Large nests have thousands of chambers. All the nests protect ants, eggs, and food from weather and other animals.
Ants spend their lives working together. They begin their working lives by cleaning themselves, then they start sharing food and licking each other. They are all active and they work until they die .
Sometimes ants are not safe even in their own homes because the giant anteater can open an ant nest in minutes and eat 20000 ants in one meal. The giant anteater’s body is designed to eat ants. It is slow and has no teeth. It has strong claws to dig through hard dirt, and a sticky long tongue.
The world is a dangerous place for ants. There are many kinds of animals that eat ants, such as lizards, birds, and ant lions.
Young ants work in the nest, helping the queen ant, and digging tunnels. Other ants search for food, protect the nest, and dig more tunnels.