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Some ants have a stinger and some can even inject poisonous ________________________ from the stinger (the stinger is at the tip of the abdomen, the rear body segment). Ants can also bite using their ________________________ (mandibles). Ants range in size from about 0.08 inch (2 mm) to up to about 1 inch (25 mm) long.
The life cycle of the ant has four ________________________: ________________________, larva, pupa, and ________________________. Fertilized eggs produce female ants (queens, workers, or soldiers); unfertilized eggs produce ________________________ ants. The worm-like larvae have no eyes and no legs; they eat food regurgitated by adult ants. The larvae molt (shed their skin) many times as they grow. After reaching a certain size, they spin a silk-like cocoon (against a solid object, like the wall of the chamber) and pupate. During this time the body ________________________ (changes) into its adult form. The pupa emerges as an adult. The entire life ________________________ usually lasts from 6 to 10 weeks. Some queens can live over 15 years, and some workers can live for up to 7 years.
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