It’s been about 2 weeks since the ants arrived! Here we are:
Did you know you can tell the gender of an ant by dropping it in water? Female ants sink, boy ants float! (This is a joke: boy ant, buoyant. Haha, not that funny… Please don’t drops ants in water, I don’t think they can swim.)
The pANTemonium continues! Well, mostly. Action has been rather subdued the past few days. It’s harder to count the ants now, with all the tunnels and gel mountains on top, but it appears the remaining 34 are alive and well.
Ant Fact: Ants do not have lungs; oxygen enters through tiny holes all over the body and carbon dioxide leaves through those same holes.
Ants also don’t have blood vessels; their heart is a long tube that pumps colorless blood from the head back to the rear, and then back up to the head again.
Anyone who studies ants is considered a myrmecologist. Early myrmecologists considered ant society as the ideal form of society and sought to find solutions to human problems by studying them. If only we were as simple as ants…
Almost there little ants!
(I skipped a day!)
The second ant to perish is now in pieces as well. I witnessed an ant or two carrying around the body parts; an ant head was even on top of a gel pile, near the lid of the habitat.
The tunnels are getting more intricate; there’s even a right-angle tunnel!
Another fallen soldier (well, harvester). It appears another ant has died, this time at the very bottom corner, in a tunnel. The body is still intact, though the other ants appear to be trying to move it; some are just walking over the body.
Besides that, all is well in Antville. The tunnels are progressing, and more work on the second one has been done. The tunnel system is getting quite intricate, with tunnels connecting to other tunnels. There are even little ‘tunnels’ through the gel bits on top. Though I haven’t actually observed it, I assume the ants are feeding on those gel bits, since the amount of them is seemingly the same, despite the advances in the tunneling.
I tried some new, fancy video techniques, so pardon any partially out of focus moments.
Nothing too exciting to report today, just some more tunnel advancements.
It’s been about 48 hours since introducing the ants into their habitat. The tunnels are growing, and the gel clumps are too. The second tunnel has looped back up to the top, and the first tunnel now goes to the left, reaching the top and bottom of the gel.
I’m sad to report that last night I observed what I thought was a dead ant. This morning, my suspicion was confirmed. Interestingly, the other ants seemed to have ripped apart the dead body, leaving the head and body and legs laying everywhere.
R.I.P. little ant
It took the ants only about 5 hours to begin their tunneling. They started using one of the holes I had provided, and it looks like they were putting little gel clumps all over the top, wherever they pleased. At any given time, it appeared that only about 3 ants were working on the tunnel; the others were still interested in climbing the walls or milling around.
After a good night’s sleep (for me at least), I woke up to find the tunnel had grown slightly. The ants had made contact with the habitat wall and seemed to be working upwards. The gel clumps were being placed along the edges of the habitat. I have no idea how they got them up the sides of the wall…
About 24 hours after the ants had been placed in the habitat, they had widened the tunnel, and reached the surface, creating another entrance. There are a lot more gel clumps! It also looks like they have begun a second tunnel, also using one of the holes I had provided. More ants seem to be working, though many are still climbing around and ‘resting’.