How Ants Are Born (10 pics)

Posted in ANIMALS       25 Nov 2010       29117       3

This young colony of Camponotus has a queen and 17 ant-workers. Wanna see how the 18th ant is born?

 

 

1 How Ants Are Born

At first there was an egg that later turned into a small white larva-caterpillar that ants licked and fed. Then it became a cocoon. And when the time for a new ant to be born came, another experienced worker started to help him.

2 How Ants Are Born

At first, ant made a couple of holes in the cocoon.

3 How Ants Are Born

When ants could see the eye of the new ant, the worker made an incision.

4 How Ants Are Born

The upper part of the cocoon is removed as a cap. All ants help to get the little one out of his shell.

5 How Ants Are Born
6 How Ants Are Born

The new born ant can’t move himself yet. His legs and antennae are crumpled.

7 How Ants Are Born

Ants straiten him up and lick his legs.

8 How Ants Are Born

The little one stands still for a while, adjusting to the new feelings.

9 How Ants Are Born

The new born ants can’t stand and walk firmly on their feet. But in a few hours this ant will be able to run.

10 How Ants Are Born


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lolipop 10 year s ago
welcome to the world..:)
       
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KlootViooltje 10 year s ago
amazing...and now burn them!!
       
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4down2 10 year s ago
Now step on them for flavor !
       
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