My goal with the bug box is to create a beautiful box for observing and photographing ants eating insects, while also serving the purpose of keeping large insect pieces from being carried into the nest.
After working on the original design, which consisted of a 3D-printed platform/pedestal where a small injection-molded box could be fitted into place, I realized today that maybe there was an alternative—somewhat of a micro-GlassBox foraging area—complete with contrasting mirror-white floor and translucent backsplash for isolating the action.
Here is the 2-inch long prototype I came up with (more details, below):
The lid is the only removable piece. Larger insects are placed inside the box, and the lid is placed back on. The ants find their way through the jail-cell style walls on either of the short sides, leaving the front and top views completely unobstructed for close-up filming and observing.
Edited by drtrmiller, December 8 2016 - 5:27 PM.