Strength in Teamwork and Safety in Numbers
Student Data Sheet #2
Directions: Set out the bait at least 0.5 meters from your anthill.
- Watch the bait. How long does it take an ant to find the bait? _______minutes
- How long does it take the ant to gather a bit of bait to take back to the nest?
- Watch the returning ant. Does it do anything unusual? Does it go directly back to the
nest, or does it move back and forth and in circles?
- How long does it take for more ants to emerge from the nest? _______minutes
- Do the ants coming to the bait follow the trail of the returning ant exactly? Or do they
wander a bit, as if following directions?
- Some pieces of bait may attract more than one species of ant. Report on any interactions
between the species.
- Trail experiment. Plan an experiment dealing with the ant trails between the bait and
the nest. The experiment can be as simple as drawing a line across the trail with your
finger, or blowing away the sand with a soda straw, or removing the bait.
EXPERIMENT-the experiment has ________parts
- What I intend to do. (Make sure to measure, and keep track of time. If you interrupt the
trail, how wide is the gap, how close is it to the nest and how close is it to the bait?)
- What I think the ants will do.
- How the ants reacted. (Use the back of this sheet for more room)