Open Access: CC BY 4.0


Tschinkel, W.R.

Year: 2013


A method for using ice to construct subterranean ant nests (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) and other soil cavities

Journal: Myrmecological News

Volume: 18

Pages: 99-102

Type of contribution: Original Article

Supplementary material: No


Burial of a nest formed of ice in the shape of a subterranean ant nest forms an underground facsimile of a nest after melting. Any desired level of similarity to natural ant nests can be achieved. Such nests can be used as tools for the study of ant nest architecture, or to provide ready homes for study colonies.

Open access, licensed under CC BY 4.0. © 2013 The Author(s).

Key words:

Ant nest architecture, nest chambers, Formicidae, harvester ants, Pogonomyrmex badius, ant nests, ice molds, trap nests.

Publisher: The Austrian Society of Entomofaunistics

ISSN: Print: 1994-4136 - Online: 1997-3500