(The new wing is like being inside of a fungus!)
Our local natural history museum has a whole new wing. It features an "insectarium" with a variety of live insects to observe, but the stars of the show are the massive colony of leaf cutter ants. Here is a photo of me inside of a giant honeycomb. I'm so glad that there is more focus on insects at the museum!
Here is an article about some of the challenges they faced setting up the exhibit.
I went to see the colony on Saturday and stayed for almost two hours. It's a massive colony with about 8 fungal chambers! They have take a lot of care to make the ants easy to see. I made a video that tracks the journey of one of the ants... they really have them walking a long way to get back to their nest (video has narration) :
Have any of you had the chance to go? I know I'll be back every chance I get... heck... might sneak over to watch the colony on my lunch hour.