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The Ant's Nest: A Huge, Underground City

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In 2005, forest workers in Northumberland, England, made a spectacular discovery. Wood ants in a forest there had built an anthill out of spruce and pine needles that was five and a half feet (1.7 m) tall. This towering structure, however, was only the entrance to the wood ant's huge home. Tunnels starting in the anthill led to a hidden underground nest that was home to a colony of 500,000 wood ants!

Welcome to the ant's huge underground city. Here you'll discover how the ...

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Overview

In 2005, forest workers in Northumberland, England, made a spectacular discovery. Wood ants in a forest there had built an anthill out of spruce and pine needles that was five and a half feet (1.7 m) tall. This towering structure, however, was only the entrance to the wood ant's huge home. Tunnels starting in the anthill led to a hidden underground nest that was home to a colony of 500,000 wood ants!

Welcome to the ant's huge underground city. Here you'll discover how the insects rest, take care of their queen, and raise their young. You'll also find out how some ants grow their own food and carry out other surprising tasks as they go about their busy lives.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Nancy Garhan Attebury
Readers of this title from the "Spectacular Animal Town" series will be thrilled to discover that an anthill can be taller than they are. The introductory chapter quickly tells that one anthill in an England forest was measured at five and a half feet tall and houses about a half million ants. The book's twelve chapters contain a plethora of information about ants and how they work together to make their colony and exist in it. A world map indicates that ants live almost everywhere and an accompanying sidebar tells that 10,000 species of ants can be found in the world. An excellent cut-away illustration shows the various chambers ants have in their community. All two-page chapters contain 100 words or less in an easy-to-read format geared to students in grades two through seven. The readability level of the high-interest book is set at grade three. Bright, close-up photos reveal fascinating details about the ants. Especially interesting are the photos of the queen ant and her eggs, as well as the developing larvae and pupae. Other topics include starting a colony, ant communication, their underground farms, how they store honeydew (their food), and ant invasion. End pages offer more ant colony facts, information about other animal towns, a glossary, bibliography, extra resources, and an index. This book will be very useful in science classes for many ages. Reviewer: Nancy Garhan Attebury
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6–This delightful series highlights the habitats of a variety of creatures, from tiny one-celled corals to bats, beavers, and prairie dogs. Through excellent photographs, high-interest texts, sidebars, maps, and other material, children learn about both the animals and their habitats. The species are shown not only within their own kind, but also in relation to those that share the habitat. For example, coral reefs are discussed in terms of the individual corals that make up the organism, and in relation to other animals that inhabit it and environmental situations that benefit or threaten it. Each book also provides brief profiles of animals with similar habitats. The publisher’s Web site provides links to other Web sites and activities about each animal profiled. These books are much better than average “report” titles.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597168687
  • Publisher: Bearport Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/2009
  • Series: Spectacular Animal Towns Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 7 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 910L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

A Spectacular Discovery 4

Nest Builders 6

Everyone Has a Job 8

The Queen of the Colony 10

Growing Up in the Colony 12

Starting a New Colony 14

Ant Communication 16

Underground Farms 18

Storing Honeydew 20

Ant Invasion 22

An Unstoppable Army 24

Old Ants, New Discoveries 26

Ant Colony Facts 28

More Animal Towns 29

Glossary 30

Bibliography 31

Read More 31

Learn More Online 31

Index 32

About the Author 32

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