Internal Ant Anatomy

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Brain - Allows the ant to remember, think and react to its environment.

Heart - Shaped like a tube running through the ant, it surrounds the internal organs with a colourless blood.

Nerve cord - sends electronic messages through out the ants body, helping coordinate movement.

Crop - holds the ants social food it will share with the colony.

Stomach – where the ant digests its own food with acids.

Rectum - holds the waste products which will be deposited in the colonies designated waste area.

Poison glands - holds formic acid, which is sprayed andor injected as a defensive or attacking system.

Dufour’s gland - is believed to partly be involved with the production of chemicals that guide other ants and perhaps the attraction of mates.