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Ants and Acid: A Science Experiment

Ants and Acid: A Science Experiment | Science Fair Projects | STEM Projects
Are ants capable of producing acid when threatened? Join us on this journey of discovery to find out!


The hypothesis is that some stinging insects spray formic acid into the air when threatened.

Method & Materials

You will place a piece of indicator paper over the ants after lightly disturbing an anthill without getting stung.
You will need red cabbage, a hot plate, a pot and bowl, a strainer, newspaper, scissors, paper towel, and water.


Through this experiment, we can observe that some stinging insects spray formic acid into the air when threatened. This is an interesting and unique way for ants to protect themselves.

Why do this project?

This science project is interesting and unique because it allows us to observe the behavior of ants when they are threatened.

Also Consider

Experiment variations to consider include testing different liquids or solutions with the indicator paper, and finding out how many different colors can be found.

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