August 21, 2012

Colored Ants



This morning I saw a couple ants in my kitchen.  I was surprised since I haven't seen any for a few months.  This time I decided to take advantage of them for a little experiment based on this picture (Colored Ants) before getting rid of them.  I mixed up sugar and water in blue, red, and yellow.  Then I put little drips on the counter top where I saw the ants.  It took a little while for them to come to the sugar, and even longer for an significant number of them to arrive.  My ants seemed particularly attracted to the blue for some reason. A few went to the red, but I never saw any go to the yellow.  Maybe I didn't get as much sugar in those colors.  It didn't really matter since you could plainly see the blue in the ant after they ate it! The girls were really excited about the blue ants! After watching the blue bellied ants for a while I mixed up a new batch of sugar, borax, and water, so I could get rid of them all together.  The borax does kill them, but make sure to clean the area well after as it is toxic!

Look closely at the pictures.  I don't have a macro lens, so it may be a little hard to see, but you can see the color in their abdomen!







8 comments:

  1. Your post is great to read. I was wondering why people have different colors of life but still I participated.

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  2. How did I not know this happened when ants ate/drank colored liquid! This is sooo cool, and you are the coolest mom ever to get your kids excited about this! Talk about taking what would cause some moms to go nuts, you turned into an experiment! Nice job!

    Darci

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    1. Thanks for visiting! I am naturally pretty curious, so the little inconvenience was worth it to learn something. I appreciate the encouragement!

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  3. I agree - very cool way to make the most of the unwanted visitors! Interesting about their choice of colour... I wonder if it has something to do with their vision? My daughter's doing a project on light & colour, I might show this to her. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I have no idea. Maybe a more controlled experiment with exact measurements would be able to tell you more. I am still guessing some of the syrups just had more sugar though! Thanks for visiting!

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  4. I always think that is the coolest idea. Now if only we had a ants I wasn't scared to go near for fear of being bitten.

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    1. Yeah, I wouldn't try it with biting ants! Hope you find some friendly ones sometime!

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  5. Great way to take advantage of some visiting ants! Love it! I've never tried this~ looks like something my kids would love! Thanks so much for linking up to Discover & Explore!

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