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Ant Anatomy

The diagram below will help you learn more about the antaomy of ants.

Ant Anatomy Diagram

An ant's body is divided into 3 main segments. The head, the Mesosoma, and the Metasoma.

The head of an ant has some very important parts. The eyes, the antennae, and the mandibles. The eyes are compound eyes which means they have many small lenses connected together. There are also 3 simple eyes on top of the head that can detect light levels and polarization. There are 2 antennae which allow the ant to sense things. Ants also have mandibles which can be used to fight, carry food, or other tasks.

The Mesosoma section is where all 6 of the legs are attached.

The Metasoma of the ant holds some organs and may contain a stinger with poison.

Ants don't have lungs. Air enters through the exoskeleton. There is not a heart but there is a tube that runs the length of the ant which moves liquids in the body.

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Ant Observation at Home

An Ant Habitat lets you watch and learn about the fascinating world of ants in your own home. Life Studies will be happy to get you started. We have a variety of Live Ant Habitats available. We will also send you Western Harvester ants for your observatory.