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Ants travel in lines

 

Image: Zachary Hunt, YouTube

Spring time in Southern California brings out the ants. When ants swarm that crumb on your kitchen counter, they will likely travel in a straight line to get there. Why do ants move in lines and how do ants known to follow this path? What would happen if we obstructed that path with a solid object? 

Resources:

YouTube, Ants Travel in Lines

NGSS Connections:

3-LS2-1, LS2.D: Social Interactions and Group Behavior

4-LS1-1, LS1.A: Structure and Function, LS1.D: Information Processing

MS-LS1-8, LS1.D: Information Processing

 

 

Grade: 
3-5 ELM
6-8 MS
Discipline: 
Life Science