Life in a Fire Ant Family

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Developmental stages of imported
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There are many different kinds of families. In this section you will learn about the different family members in a fire ant family and how they communicate with each other through pheromones. Don't forget to check out the vocabulary words and Learning Activities, too!

Family Members

There are many different kinds of families. In a family of fire ants, called a colony, the family members include:

Among the sterile (unable to reproduce) workers, labor is divided by age and to a much lesser degree by size.

  • Younger workers care for the developing brood.
  • Middle-aged workers maintain and protect the colony.
  • The oldest workers forage for food.

Vocabulary Words

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.