Instructions and Interesting Facts
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Directions for Use
Do you have what it takes to become an astronaut? NASA has some
On a mission to study insect life in near-weightlessness, the S
into orbit a s
wanted to see how ants would tunnel in micro-gravity, however traditional soil-
based ant habitats
liftoff and re-entry would colla
would be to try giving ants food and water on a regular basis in a near weightless
Rather than using soil, an ant habitat was created utilizing a s
would not colla
food and water source for these ant astronauts. Your new toy is based
on technology used by NASA in the shuttle ex
The habitat allows you to study the behavior of ants in a unique, self-
contained environment. This translucent gel not only serves as a tunneling
medium for the ants, but is their food and water source as well. The
gel is loaded with nutrients and su
new colony. You will become fascinated as the ant architecture develo
Directions For Use
2. Insert about 20-25 ants into your container and (ants close the lid not included with
3. NEVER handle ants with your bare hands or allow them to come in contact with skin! Some ants sting, others bite, and some will s
4. DO NOT store the kit in direct sunlight. Ants
AntWorks®. Avoid extremes of heat or cold.
gel is an alien environment to the ants and it can take some getting used to.
6. Although the ants require little oxygen, o
week or so gives these hard workers a breath of fresh air. Actually, ants have no
lungs, but take in oxygen through little holes in their bodies.
7. R.I.P. XxX Adult ants (workers) nor
is considered high). Some ants will outlive this s
before one month. As all of the ants you will use (whether ordered or collected
on your own) are adults, circumstances in their develo
to be hardier than others. Although your AntWorks ® gel contains s
ingredients to hel
fungal growth, it is a good idea to remove dead ants as soon as
ants will usually trans
disease within the colony see how s
8. Ant Architecture is not just limited to the tunnels. Your ants will also use
Building blocks created from the gel to line the AntWorks ®walls and form
hills on the surface. Some s
surface. To ensure
9. When your ant colony ex
AntWorks ®walls (and any dead ants or residue). Add some fresh ants and
see how they react to and modify the existing tunnels.
Remember antworks ants like it best when your
AntWorks is in the shade.
Interesting Ant Facts
Think you’re s
ants. Such a colony would collectively have about the same number of brain cells
as a hu
and sight. You can witness ants in your AntWorks® talk to each other by
touching antennae. Ants will also gather together in grou
connecting two tunnels. That has to be
Bodily waste Ants in your AntWorks ®dis
other ant. Evidence will be in the form of s
Is that Sam or Sa
Should you decide to name your ants, take into account that they are all fe
AntWorks ®activity is going on 24/7. While some ants are slee
are hard at work. Check to see that an ant is actually dead, before removing her
from the AntWorks ®.
Is there a myrmecologist in the house?
Myrmecology is the study of ants
(either scientifcally or as a hobby). By studying the behavior of ants in your
ANTWORKS®, you become a myrmecologist (lab coat not included).
Ant lions, s
the infamous anteater. Ant lions dig tra
to fall in. S
ANTWORKS ®are not only safe from these
for food, as there’s
How much can you bench? If you decide to name your ants, you might choose
Armstrong as a surname. Ant workers can carry u
and a half tons!
Ants are one of Earth’s oldest existing residents. Ant fossils have been found that date back over 100 million years. When the Tyrannosaurus Rex last walked the earth, ants already had a 35+ million year old claim on the
The ants you see today are not that much different than those found over 100 million years ago. Ants ada
Take a close look at the ants in your container.
will get much more attention than the humble ant!
It goes right to my hi
Ants across the world eat a variety of foods. Harvester Ants collect and eat seeds, Leaf-Cutter Ants eat fungus and Army Ants eat
surrounded by the ANTWORKS ® nutritious gel, there is
Don’t just call them bugs. Technically, ants are insects (the
whole six-legs thing). Even more technically, ants are Hymeno
Greek to me.
Don’t get them
10,000,000,000,000,000 of them alive right now. There are only 6,000,000,000
Making sense of it all & Ants have a very keen sense of smell (through their
antennae) and the ability to secrete
to identify a colony (each has its own scent) and to create a navigation trail when
foraging for food (much like Hansel and Gretel with the breadcrumbs).
year and they exist solely for
Harvester Ants are available using the enclosed order form. These ants are great
for study, as they are of a good size and have large
in the gel. In addition to Harvester ants, there are
Slave Maker - These ants actually raid the nests of other ant colonies in order to
steal cocoons. When the cocoons hatch, the new ants work as slaves in their new
Dairy Ants - As a
along and milk the a
ants will return to the colony and feed the others. Some s
as food banks. These s
storing it in their ever-ex
in the colony.
Leaf Cutters - These gardeners tear off chunks of leaves, carrying them back to
the nest. While these ants do not eat the leaves (they can’t digest the cellulose),
fungus grows from the leaves,
Fire Ants - These ants cause a very
been known to kill s
Army Ants - These ants can live in colonies with
thousand. When on the
Note: DO NOT attem
Should you see several hundred thousand very focused ants moving in your
direction, we advise quickly leaving the area.
Leiningen Versus The Ants is an excellent short story by Carl Ste
Centered around a Brazilian farmers battle to
Army Ants, the author
the advantage of technology and being forewarned about the a
Leiningan and his workers em
relentless swarm. Who will win in the end? Be sure to check out this great tale
at your local library or on the World Wide Web.
Ant Order Form
Catching your own ants is fun! If you have
however, just order a fresh su