SUMMARY OF PROCEDURE ANTS HYPOTHESIS Harvester ants are small in size and their Q - will ants have the same reactions to certain 1. Put non drugged ants in the controlled environment. colony is generally made up of workers. drugs that humans do? 2. Observed control ants behavior. These ants are omnivores, harvesting plants Our hypothesis is that ants will have the same 3. Dissolved 4 different drugs into water. and scavenging insects. reactions as humans do if we give them the 4. Isolated 4 different groups of 3 ants per group into the DRUGS correct amounts of each drug. We predict that dissolved solutions. Advil and ibuprofen are both drugs that are ants will have the same reactions to Advil, 5. Left ants in solution over night. designed to relieve pain, swelling, stiffness Ibuprofen, Tylenol, and melatonin as humans 6. Tested the first group of ants reactions to Advil. and tenderness. Neither drug is generally do. 7. Tested second group of ants reactions to liquid Ibuprofen. powerful enough to cause humans to act 8. Tested third group’s reaction to Tylenol strangely. Melatonin is a medicine 9. Tested fourth groups reactions to Melatonin. VARIABLES prescribed to aid in sleep; it is also a hormone that eases the mind into a deep, Controls – RESULTS quick sleep. Tylenol is used to relieve mild 3 ants per group •All the ants that were given Advil died before we could test their reactions. pain from various causes. It works by limited recording time (2 minutes) •All of the ant that were given liquid ibuprofen seemed to act somewhat cooling the body, which affects how the ants left in solution over night normal just walked around at a slow pace and didn’t do much. The only odd body detects pain. Independent Variables observation was that they had some weird obsession with climbing the walls. PURPOSE ants •All the ants that were given Tylenol were acting strange, they ran around in The purpose of this experiment is to timed trials circles and ran into the walls repeatedly. observe and record the affect of common the environment •Ants that were given melatonin seemed dead wile they were in the Petri drugs on ants. By first recording a group of Dependent Variables dish but when the id was lifted off they “woke up” and were extremely ants’ movement without drugs, we then drugs (Advil, Tylenol, Ibuprofen, violent, they were biting everything and running around franticly. compared the other groups of ants that had Melatonin) been dosed with the drugs. Through a video ants reactions CONCLUSION we traced movements of the ants and put it The purpose of this lab was to see ants reactions to the drugs on a graph, and compared the ants reactions Tylenol, Advil, Ibuprofen, and Melatonin and determine weather or to how humans are generally known to not the reactions were similar to humans reactions to these drugs. react. Our overall errors were one over dosage of the ants we tested Advil on and we had to re-tape the sides of the environment. In the end we determined the ants reactions to these drugs were somewhat similar.