Thursday, May 25, 2006

ant nest moulds

This brainiac has poured orthodontic plaster into ant’s nests to discover their structure.

They’re truly remarkable things to see how far down they go and the little chambers all the way down.

Amazing.



“A plaster cast of a large Pogonomyrmex badius nest. This nest consisted of 135 chambers and 12 meters of vertical shafts. The top-heavy distribution of chamber area and spacing is typical for the species, as are the helical shafts and the decrease of chamber size with depth.”

Link to ant site here

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