How Ants Live
By: Sydney Rush
What They Eat
Ants do not eat leaves, they eat fungus. Leafcutter ants harvest leaves and take them to the nest to make fungus. In this process, they thin jungle overgrowth and return mulch from the crushed leaves to the soil. Ants use their jaws like a saw. Ants can carry the leaves back home and so they can make fungus for the ants.
This is when they carry the ants back home
How the carry mulch
This is when they carry mulch at night
This is the beautiful ant
Most ants build their homes underground. Ants pack dirt with their saliva to form bricks. They pack little bricks together to reinforce the tunnels. Ants carry dirt outside with their mandibles, gradually forms an anthill. Ants dig by scooping dirt with their mandibles, (jaws).They carry excess (dirt) outside with mandibles, gradually forming anthill. The little nests only have one chamber and they are inches below the surface. The big nests have a lot of chambers and they can be twenty feet. Nests provide shelter from weather and a safe environment for the queen to lay eggs. Often ants nests are beneath a rock or log.
What they need for nests
What they weight.
Did you know that ants sleep standing up? Wow, I can't do that! I can't even stand up that long. They sleep 250 times per day. Wow! The ants nap at least 5 hours a day every day during their whole life.