Ants travel around in army style colonies and, especially for kids an exciting project is to watch them build their kingdoms. An ant farm is the best way to do this as they can watch the ants from the comfort of their own home, the ants cannot get out, and the kids do not end up having them all over them! Ant farms also act as a useful school aid. They can be used in science classes, and act as excellent visual aids for teachers trying to explain anything do with ants or other creepy crawlies. Ants are fascinating creatures, and this can all be captured by getting an ant farm. Ants will often build their empires filled with tunnels and path ways for them to use all over the farm. They will delegate roles amongst themselves and kids will love watching and guessing which ant has been sent to do what job.
All types of ants can be put in an ant farm, and they usually grow to anywhere between 2 and 7 milimetres, apart from carpenter ants which have been known to grow up to an inch long in size. There are also a variety of colours that ants can be found in; brown, red, yellow, blue or even green and purple.
Kids will also enjoy watching ants work since they are tremendously strong creatures, being able to lift up to 20 times their own weight. The composition of an ant is also very interesting. They actually have two stomachs. They will use one for their own food consumption, whereas the other will be used to store food it will give to other ants. They cannot see, but instead use their antennas for touching and sensing. They also use these antennas for smelling.
Ants are not able to eat solid foods and so instead, they squeeze any juice they may find in solids. They will eat the juice from anything ranging from a seed or a plant, to other insects. Male and female ants are all born with wings. They will make full use of these wings when they are fully grown adult ants in order to mate and reproduce.
Western harvester ants are the most common breed of ant if you are looking to start up an ant farm. They are stocked by most ant farm suppliers and this is because this breed is great for make tunnels, building, and are not camera shy in the slightest. In fact, they love an audience! This particular breed of ant is also expected to live anything between two and six months, which is a lot longer than other species of ants.
There are a number of things you will be able to feed your ants in the ant farm. Due to there being over 12,000 ant species, it is advisable that you stick to the Western Harvester ant for your ant farm. This species of ant can be fed little pieces of fresh fruit and vegetables. The best will probably be apples and celery, but you must be cautious so as to not over feed them. Be sure you keep a constant watch on the state of the food since if you leave them to get moldy it can become harmful for your ants. You must therefore make sure any moldy food is removed with tweezers. Like all other animals and creatures, ants will need water to drink. They will only need a few drops a day and you must ensure that the water does not form a puddle since the ants are very likely to drown.