Visualizing nest architecture of the Florida harvester ant

These are beautiful, excavation and casting of an ant’s nest –

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 (photo by Charles Badland).

BIOONE Online Journals – The nest architecture of the Florida harvester ant, Pogonomyrmex badius – [via] Link.

4 thoughts on “Visualizing nest architecture of the Florida harvester ant

  1. The linked scientific article is very interesting- the best quote, though, was:

    Pouring red-hot aluminum in the bottom of a 2-meter pit runs the risk of having ones socks catch on fire from the radiant heat.

  2. The hot socks line is funny!

    The article is interesting and worth the read even if Florida ants dont interest you. There are MANY down here, and now I have an idea whats underground…

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