Fire Ant Physiques: What's Buggin' You

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Activity: What's Buggin' You?

Build a three-dimensional (3-D) model of a fire ant. Learn the different parts of an ant and new vocabulary words.

This is a picture of the finished model. Photo by Bart Drees.



  1. Cut out the parts of the Red Imported Fire Ant Model.
  2. Assemble the parts according to the instructions.
  3. Glue the labels onto your worksheet and compare the ant model with other types of insects, noting the similarities and differences.
  4. If you want, you can color the ants with natural or customized color patterns.

Alternative Activities

Color the worksheet and label the body parts. Make a fire ant model out of balsa wood (Fire Ant Model instructions and template)


  • After comparing ants to butterflies, grasshoppers or other common insects, think about the similarities and differences of the types of insects.

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