The ant sculpture, designed by Jessica Holgate, has been given pride of place in the Museum’s Bug House.
Jessica, 19, who is studying a BTEC extended diploma in art and design, said: “I am overwhelmed that people visiting the museum have liked my sculpture so much.
“I worked very hard to get the sculpture finished and I was very pleased to hear that it was going to be displayed in the museum.
“It took me about three weeks to make the sculpture from scratch.
“I used a mixture of materials to get different textures including tissue paper, teabags, wire and aluminium.
“I loved the project as it really broadened my skills and ideas.
“It allowed me to be really creative and I even made it move by using electrical switch connectors in the legs and LED lights to illuminate it. I was so shocked to hear that my sculpture would be in the World Museum.”
Laura Carter, keeper in the bug house at the museum, said: “We are absolutely thrilled with the piece. It has fitted in perfectly with our theme and can be seen in our leaf ant cutter section.
“The response has been great and all the visitors have been very impressed with the sculpture.”
Louise Condon, art tutor at the college, said: “We are absolutely delighted that the sculpture has been such a success.
“Jessica worked so hard on her ant sculpture and it is great to hear so many people saying how much they like it.
“To have a sculpture on display at such a well-known museum is such an achievement for Jessica and I am very proud of her.”