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Ketton C of E Primary School

Ant Trails

Ant Trails

What you'll need:

• Ants

• An piece of fruit cut into pieces, a biscuit, a plain cracker



1. Go outside and find some ants. 

2. When you find the ants, put the food in front of them and leave it for about half an hour.

3. When you go back, see how many ants have arrived and what piece of food they have chosen.


Did you know:

Ants use their antennae, which are like feelers on their heads, not only for touch, but also for their sense of smell. They live as part of a colony and use great teamwork. When one ant finds food, it won't be long before others come along and join in. Most ants really love sweet things, from sugar to honey or even soft drinks. They will eat almost any fruit or vegetable.


Ants love to eat honeydew—not the melon, but a sweet, sticky substance produced by aphids (greenflies) and other plant-sucking insects. (You’ll find it on leaves and other plants, or on your car if you’ve parked under a tree.) The ants make long trails back to their nest, going back and forward collecting their food.


Good luck with your investigation!

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