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Watching the ant cycle can be both interesting as well as educational for all of us.

Did you know that the established queen will lay eggs that will grow into larvae which closely resemble maggots? The larvae will grow and shed their skin several times, where they will then resemble white ants. Finally, they will emerge as full grown ants. As your AntWorks habitat matures you may notice that the ants get bigger and bigger. This is a normal phenomenon, as the first generation ants are usually much smaller than subsequent generations even though they are the same species.

With the AntWorks ant habitat, you can watch ants create 3-D tunnels in the amazing space gel. This miraculous gel is based on a 2003 NASA Space Shuttle experiment to study animal life in space and test how ants successfully tunnel in microgravity. This space-age gel serves as both habitat and nutrition for the ants. Watch as the ants turn a brick of aqua-blue gel into a fascinating colony of tunnels! This is the first time anything has been created that enables you to view these awesome creatures at work. The AntWorks Gel is non-toxic and contains the necessary nutrients to promote healthy growth in the new colony. Watch ants live, work and tunnel in the nutritious gel as they create series upon series of intricate tunnels. Ants are highly intelligent, organized, numerous, and strong. With their largely developed brains, their compassion for fellow ants and ability to work as a team, their amazing physical strength-often carry 20 times their body weight, and an innate predisposition for a healthy attitude toward work. This ant habitat is easy to care for since the ants need NO food or water.

Ant History

Ants are insects that evolved from wasp-like creatures over 100 million years ago. Today there are over 12,000 species of ants that have been classified.

Ants form colonies that range in population from a few dozen living in small natural cavities to millions that live in larger structures they build in the ground. The colonies consist of three types of ants. Sterile, wingless females, fertile males, and fertile females referred to as queens. The sterile female ants serve as soldiers or workers in the colony.

Ants work together in colonies to build their habitat and recreate. The process can be fascinating to watch for children and adults alike. Due to the fact that most ant colony behavior takes place beneath the ground, humans must use ant habitats or ant farms to observe ant colony behavior.

Scientists claim ants can carry more than 50 times their body weight.

Myrmecology is the scientific study of ants, a branch of entomology.

Does this bring back memories?  The Original Uncle Milton’s Ant Farms may be familiar to many parents and grandparents. Totally Kids fun furniture & toys  still have available for you today.

 

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Learning to Let Go with our Live Butterfly Garden…

 Butterfly

It’s time to let our butterflies go.

For this week’s Science Saturday it’s time to say goodbye. It was just three weeks ago that our Butterfly Keeper, Erin, received a package from Insect Lore with a larval culture cup.

Since then, we watched as the caterpillars ate until their bellies were full enough to develop and enter into the pupal stage.

 

During this stage of the butterfly’s lifecycle, Erin came to work to find that all the caterpillars had crawled to the top of the cup and were hanging upside down.

 

It only took 2 days for the caterpillars to curl up and harden into iridescent chrysalides and from there we all anxiously waited until they hatched into beautiful Painted Lady butterflies.

 

 

Metamorphosis of a Butterfly

 

  1. A butterfly starts life on the leaves of a plant as a very small, round, oval or cylindrical egg.
  2. When the egg finally hatches, caterpillars emerge and begin eating until they have enough nutrients so they can grow quickly.
  3. Once they have eaten enough, they enter the pupal stage. During this stage the caterpillars will hang upside-down and the magic begins! From the outside it may look like the caterpillar is just resting, but inside the old body parts of the caterpillar are undergoing remarkable transformation.
  4. Finally, the caterpillar emerges as beautiful butterflies, completing their metamorphosis!

 

Pictures of our  Butterfly Keeper, Erin, getting ready to say goodbye to her babies.

 

A little play time first…

Resting on Erin’s shoulder.

 

 

Erin helping her last butterfly soar into the world.

More science fun below!

Uncle Milton’s Original Ant Farm

AntWorks,

Watch ants create 3-D tunnels in the amazing space gel.

Planet Frog

Live Butterfly Garden Kit

And, this weeks Science Saturday, the Live Butterfly Garden. – be your own Butterfly Keeper this summer!

The ant life cycle is very interesting to watch. Did you know that the established queen will lay eggs that will grow into larvae which closely resemble maggots? The larvae will grow and shed their skin several times, at which time they will look like white ants. Finally, they will emerge as full grown ants. As your AntWorks habitat matures you may notice that the ants get bigger and bigger. This is a normal phenomenon, as the first generation ants are usually much smaller than subsequent generations even though they are the same species.

With the AntWorks ant habitat, you can watch ants create 3-D tunnels in the amazing space gel. This miraculous gel is based on a 2003 NASA Space Shuttle experiment to study animal life in space and test how ants successfully tunnel in microgravity. This space-age gel serves as both habitat and nutrition for the ants. Watch as the ants turn a brick of aqua-blue gel into a fascinating colony of tunnels! This is the first time anything has been created that enables you to view these awesome creatures at work. The AntWorks Gel is non-toxic and contains the necessary nutrients to promote healthy growth in the new colony. Watch ants live, work and tunnel in the nutritious gel as they create series upon series of intricate tunnels. Ants are highly intelligent, organized, numerous, and strong. With their largely developed brains, their compassion for fellow ants and ability to work as a team, their amazing physical strength-often carry 20 times their body weight, and an innate predisposition for a healthy attitude toward work. This ant habitat is easy to care for since the ants need NO food or water.

Ant History

Ants are insects that evolved from wasp-like creatures over 100 million years ago. Today there are over 12,000 species of ants that have been classified.

Ants form colonies that range in population from a few dozen living in small natural cavities to millions that live in larger structures they build in the ground. The colonies consist of three types of ants. Sterile, wingless females, fertile males, and fertile females referred to as queens. The sterile female ants serve as soldiers or workers in the colony.

Ants work together in colonies to build their habitat and recreate. The process can be fascinating to watch for children and adults alike. Due to the fact that most ant colony behavior takes place beneath the ground, humans must use ant habitats or ant farms to observe ant colony behavior.

Scientists claim ants can carry more than 50 times their body weight.

Myrmecology is the scientific study of ants, a branch of entomology.

Your parents or grandparents may have studied ants with the original Uncle Milton’s Ant Farms which we still have available for you today.

Learn more advanced facts about ants from Ants of North America.