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1 Picnic Ants Zachary Noonon

2 How do ants find food? Find food source Bring food back to the mound Pheromones Images:

3 What do ants eat? species- Will eat anything Most ants like fruits, honey, and sugar o Honeydew as central diet Some ants prefer greasy foods, meat or fungus Omnivorous scavengers Image:

4 Experiment Overview Why did I choose this experiment? Hypothesis: o Ants will be most attracted to foods that contain natural sugars, such as fruit, and least attracted to whole grains, greasy, or processed foods

5 Materials Ants Strawberry Banana Cheerios Peanut Butter Crackers Pepperoni

6 Experimental 1.Look for an ant mound 2.Place foods equidistant around the ant mound 3.Observe the trends and food preference

7 Results: Mound 1 2 mins- Ants were checking out all of the foods 12 min- Interest in the cheerios, banana, and strawberry faded 17 min- ants only seem interested in the pepperoni and peanut butter crackers 25 min- ant swarms form and continue 30 min- no change

8 Results: Mound 2 2 mins- ants find food 15 min- the same trends formed but the ants were interested in the cheerios, crackers, and pepperoni 22 mins- crackers were preferred most while the pepperoni and cheerios attracted some attention 30 min- no change

9 Conclusion Results: o Peanut Butter Crackers o Pepperoni o Cheerios o Banana/Strawberry Hypothesis Predictions: o Fruits (Banana, Strawberry) o Cheerios o Peanut Butter Crackers o Pepperoni

10 Changes Try fruit with different ripeness Variable distances from mounds Time of day Different locations

11 Questions?


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