“When you have seen one ant, one bird, one tree, you have not seen them all.” E.O. Wilson
As my son begins an experiment to determine if a particular chemical impacts the foraging behaviour of ants, he needed to know how many ants were in each of the colonies he has been keeping. So, today we had an ant photo shoot.
Each of the colonies is kept in one of these containers. The ants are fed regularly, and make their new nests in the tubes shown below.
We downloaded the photos and divided the pictures into grids and counted all the ants outside the tubes.
Then, all the ants in the tubes, including the queen and the brood, are put into the container. Another photo of the container is taken and, again, the photo is divided up into grids and the ants are counted.
(This is not the best description of this part of my son’s work, or what we did, but I think it’s better to give too little information than misinformation.)
I am not, by nature, a person who could be called scientifically inclined. My son has patiently taught me more about science in the times he has shared his work than I ever learned in school. And just hanging out, well, that’s always time well spent.