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New Leaf Cutter Exhibit at NYC American Museum of Natural History!

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#1 Offline futurebird - Posted May 14 2023 - 11:05 AM

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(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!

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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. 


 


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#2 Offline Ernteameise - Posted May 14 2023 - 12:02 PM

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This is awesome.
I love the museum, but since my US uncle got sick, I have not had a chance to get back to NYC for 10 years now...
One of these days I need to do another trip.
But you, enjoy!!!!

#3 Online ANTdrew - Posted May 14 2023 - 4:19 PM

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I’ll need to make the trip north for this!
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#4 Offline MinigunL5 - Posted May 15 2023 - 6:40 PM

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(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!

dRFI3KI.jpg



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. 


 

Damn next time I go to NYC I've gotta check this out.



#5 Online Voidley - Posted September 13 2023 - 5:07 PM

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Just checked this exhibit out today! :D I probably spent a good hour there just looking at the colonies. They seem to have removed the leafcutter’s “outworld” and instead put their leaves in a smaller container close to the nest. That did make harder to see them which was a bit disappointing but it was super cool nonetheless. They also had a smaller colony of honeypot ants with a ton of repletes. This colony was actually small enough that you could see the queen. They were housed in a THA Hearth style nest except larger and embedded into the wall. All in all I’m super happy I went 10/10 highly recommended!
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#6 Offline FinWins - Posted September 13 2023 - 6:22 PM

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There is a large colony of atta at the San Diego zoo too! I loved to watch the large workers carry the cut leaves back to the HUGE nest and from that moment on I knew that I had to get my hands on some leaf cutters!


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#7 Offline Propo.Fol - Posted September 14 2023 - 11:05 AM

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Just checked this exhibit out today! :D I probably spent a good hour there just looking at the colonies. They seem to have removed the leafcutter’s “outworld” and instead put their leaves in a smaller container close to the nest. That did make harder to see them which was a bit disappointing but it was super cool nonetheless. They also had a smaller colony of honeypot ants with a ton of repletes. This colony was actually small enough that you could see the queen. They were housed in a THA Hearth style nest except larger and embedded into the wall. All in all I’m super happy I went 10/10 highly recommended!

 

I took my children back earlier this year and we either missed the honeypots or they were not there yet.  100% sounds like another visit is justified. When we went (on a weekend) it was legitimately packed and we felt pretty rushed.  There was also a beehive computer game my kids were absolutely obsessed with and they keep asking to go back to play it again (it was very simple but little kids gonna little kid).  Just very cool all around.

 

To OP -- thanks for the NYT link, very interesting!







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