“What does an ant’s mouth look like?”

Photo: Kumarvijay1708 via DeviantArt. He has quite a collection of nature photographs over there.

Photo: Kumarvijay1708 via DeviantArt. He has quite a collection of nature photographs over there.

Those chompers on the side are called mandibles. The mouth is behind it.

Paul Illsley has posted a number of high magnification portraits of insects and spiders at Tiny Faces in Nature. His collection includes this remarkable portrait of an ant, which gives a little better sense of what’s actually inside an ant’s mouth.

Mouth of an ant (Photo: Paul Illsley)

Mouth of an ant (Photo: Paul Illsley)

Does your little Caterpickle want to know more about ants? The ASU School of Life Sciences has an interesting web article explaining the various parts of ant anatomy and how different kinds of ants spend their days.

On a personal note, I had hoped that the end of summer would bring an end to the “Let’s ask Mommyo questions about bugs!” phase. Apparently not.

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About Shala Howell

I write about wildly curious kids, rabbits who hunt dragons, and 1880s Boston. When I’m not scratching my head over pesky characters who refuse to do things how I want them done or dreaming of my next book (which will of course be much easier to write than the current one), I blog about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, muse about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.blog, or tweet about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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One Response to “What does an ant’s mouth look like?”

  1. Pingback: “Are there bugs that get on other bugs?” | CATERPICKLES

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