Story: Ants

Ant carrying pupa

Ant carrying pupa

Ants are social insects with specialised roles that make a colony very efficient. Worker ants look after pupae, carrying them around the colony, and cleaning and feeding them. Many individuals are responsible for feeding larvae and pupae. Others bring food to the feeders, and still others forage outside and bring food into the colony.

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John Early, 'Ants - Native species', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 January 2022)

Story by John Early, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 3 Aug 2015