Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Leaf Weaver Ants

In Oak Meadow 2, the science lessons focus on animal homes. This week's lesson was on weaver ants. They go up into a tree and work together to make a nest by sealing a group of leaves together to form a pocket.

We tried our hand at this. We use the leaves from our dogwood tree.

I used a stapler to staple the edges of the leaves together to form a pocket.



Another view that shows the opening of the pocket or nest.
My daughter isn't crazy about ants but she thought that this whole project was fun and it really got her interested in learning about them. These ants will stand up to 3 or 4 on their shoulders to move the leaves into the proper position so that other ants can make silk to seal the edges together.
These ants are red and also have a painful bite.
Hope you enjoy these.

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