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1 Army ants of the AmazonThis short presentation was created to provide educators and students information to enhance learning about this subject.Linda Gorman Hayes
2 Ants, Although Admirable, Are Awfully Aggravating by, Walter R. Brooks The busy ant works hard all day And never stops to rest or play. He carries things ten times his size, And never grumbles, whines or cries. And even climbing flower stalks, He always runs, he never walks. He loves his work, he never tires, And never puffs, pants or perspires. Yet though I praise his boundless vim I am not really fond of him.
3 Just where did these fire ants come from? Red fire ants came from a place called the Amazon Rain Forest. They traveled on a boat that brought trees from Brazil in South America to the United States.
6 What is the Amazon Rain Forest? The Amazon Rain Forest is an area of land that has many tall trees, a warm climate, and lots of rain. It is located in South America. The Amazon Rain Forest is the largest rain forest in the world.The forest is made up of four layers:The emergent layerThe canopyThe understoryThe forest floor
8 Life cycle of an antIt takes about weeks for an ant to hatch from its eggpupaAdultlarvaeggs
9 Imported Red Fire AntsAmazon Army AntsTraveled from South America by boat and now live in the southern United StatesLive in the Amazon Rain Forest in South AmericaWorkers live about 1- 1 ½ monthsLife span 3 – 13 monthsCreate mounds of nests in the ground and set up their home anywhereDo not make permanent nests, but build nests by attaching their bodies togetherVery aggressive huntersAttack in large numbers and swarm their preyEat leaves, stems, roots, spiders, bees, birds, and miceEat just about anythingEat other insects that destroys cropsEat what is dead or dying on the forest floorBite and sting
10 Facts about the army ant Since the army ant is very aggressive, they are at the top of the insect food chain- that means there aren’t too many other insects that eat them.Even though they are blind, they communicate by touch, sound and scent.They clean the forest floor of the dead and rotten matter.
11 Both ant groups have jobs Red Fire AntAmazon Army AntQueen – lays the eggsYoung workers – take care of the broodSoldiers – protects the colonyMiddle age – clean and protect the colonyEldest – forage for foodWorkers – forages for food and feeds the soldiers
12 ReferencesSlide 2 – Ant poem by Walter R. Brooks mlSlide 3 – fire ant picture:Slide 4 – North Carolina fire antSlide 5 – South America and the Amazon Rain Forest ImageSlides 7 & 10 – Amazon Army AntGlosopedia