Undertoad Wednesday May 24 02:46 PM
5/24/2006: Ant tunnels
Many more images are available at the gallery at the link above.
Griff Wednesday May 24 02:49 PM
Can you see all the little carcasses up close or are they sealed in their rubbery grave?
Stormieweather Wednesday May 24 02:53 PM
Cool! Their little tunnels even have switchbacks.
glatt Wednesday May 24 02:54 PM
Reading the link, they mention different materials they had tried, including molten aluminum. They had a problem with their socks catching on fire when standing in the bottom of a two meter deep pit, trying to pour the molten metal down into the final portion of the tunnel system. Crazy scientists! I love 'em.
ferret88 Wednesday May 24 03:14 PM
kinda looks like a houseplant coated in something.
Happy Monkey Wednesday May 24 03:23 PM
Griff Wednesday May 24 03:36 PM
So, how am I supposed to get the insect rightists fired up?
rkzenrage Wednesday May 24 03:43 PM
I want one of these recast in aluminum so bad!
milkfish Wednesday May 24 04:06 PM
I'd looked the article up when I saw it on Boingboing. I think they mentioned that they would recapture the ants before making the cast, because I was wondering about that part too.
capnhowdy Wednesday May 24 04:39 PM
A painstaking process to say the least. I'd like to have one.
Trilby Wednesday May 24 04:48 PM
Is that some kind of deep-fried something or other?
Flint Wednesday May 24 04:55 PM
How did you know?
rkzenrage Wednesday May 24 04:57 PM
How long before the first apt. complex or hotel reproduction?
Kagen4o4 Wednesday May 24 05:11 PM
imagine being an ant at the bottom and being told someone has some mad sugar at the bottom of one of the other tunnels. would you bother?
Flint Wednesday May 24 05:28 PM
BigV Wednesday May 24 05:34 PM
Kagen4o4 Wednesday May 24 06:59 PM
xoxoxoBruce Wednesday May 24 08:35 PM
The tunnels that go deep have few chambers. I wonder if they are looking for water or a temperature gradient, down deep?
rkzenrage Thursday May 25 03:53 AM
If those are harvester ants, which I think they are, they do that because they get attacked (isolation of the enemy), and the chambers are grow areas for their gardens. Keeping them separated is about always having resources regardless of what happens anywhere in the colony as well... it is never just for one reason. They go deep for temperature control as well, the queen goes deep with the eggs.
LabRat Thursday May 25 09:59 AM
Ants nests are cool hanging in a museum/lab/type place, but the little bastards are costing me $350 to get 'em out of my house. That's the going rate around here for 3 treatments to get rid of carpenter ants. They apparently decided that we have done such a nice job fixing up our house, they are moving in too. Blech.
wacho777 Friday May 26 04:08 PM
Why pay more
All you nead to get rid of ant is 1 to 10 borax and sugar mix with water and leave for the ants to find. takes 2 to 4 weaks 5 to 20 dolars and 10 minuts of work
capnhowdy Friday May 26 04:51 PM
I'm no chemist, but did you mean boric or maybe boron?
wacho777 Friday May 26 05:00 PM
nope like the soap
Na2B4O7 -10H2O, Hydrated sodium borate
Kagen4o4 Friday May 26 06:39 PM
why just use boiling water? wont do much but would be more fun
BrianR Saturday May 27 09:48 AM
Along those same lines, when I lived in Florida, I used 3:1 baking soda to sugar to get rid of the Paletto Bugs (aka roaches) without worrying about harm to my dog. He ate some once (ONCE!) and aside from some foaming at his mouth and a lot of burping he was fine. This was suggested by a vet so do not hesitate to try it with your insect problem. Children and household pets will be fine.
Elspode Sunday Jun 4 02:28 PM
I assumed the source of your potential fear was how they'd be able to know to dig across from chamber to chamber? Well, in at least one case, they did it in this example.
Kagen4o4 Sunday Jun 4 07:18 PM
where? i cant see it?
Elspode Sunday Jun 4 11:33 PM
Kagen4o4 Sunday Jun 4 11:46 PM
i think thats just the angle. i dont believe they are connected, that chamber is coming towards the camera i think
Kagen4o4 Sunday Jun 4 11:47 PM
nice looking pets 'round ere
xoxoxoBruce Monday Jun 5 07:24 AM
Another pic. If it is connected, it would explain why that one tunnel doesn't go as deep as the other three.
LabRat Monday Jun 5 10:43 AM
Re: chemical vs. homemade insect repellants...
Kagen4o4 Monday Jun 5 09:04 PM
xoB thats the same pic with the guy cut out
xoxoxoBruce Monday Jun 5 11:23 PM
Actually it's not, but unfortunately the same angle. I have the PDF of the story with several pictures but none of them show that juncture more clearly.
Elspode Tuesday Jun 6 12:28 AM
I still think it is connected. If not, then the tunnel on the far left goes much, much further than any other tunnel without having a chamber. Not much logic in that, even for an ant.
Shawnee123 Wednesday Jun 7 11:31 AM
That just creeps me out.
xoxoxoBruce Wednesday Jun 7 09:01 PM
Welcome to the Celler, Shawnee123. Stick around, you ain't seen nothin' yet.