Interested in the everyday, networks and communication?
This afternoon, I take about 100 3rd Grade students out to learn about soil erosion in the schoolyard. We come across small holes and miniature-hills on the playing field. The kids scuff the dust. Thinking? About the heat, soccer? Bees? Ants?
|Studying schoolyard erosion and Red Maple roots|
|Ant with Skipper Wing|
Meanwhile, we feed the ant colony some tiny slices of watermelon, fairly close to their walking lines. In a few minutes first 1, then 2 or 3 then, 5 or 6 and soon a dozen or so ants gather around the tiny slices of melon.
|Ants eating Watermelon|
It is interesting to watch the ants for half an hour or so on the patio - and I have yet to discover the nest or where they were going. As I clear away supper, I plan to watch the ants again tomorrow.
The next day, I find the ant's nest. It's a large colony in crack in the pavement and their main nest is under a flower pot. There is another trophy wing there, but not the skipper wing, and I see a dead fly. I am now intrigued to observe these ants over the summer!
|Ant Paper Cutout Banner by Mary Van Dyke|
- Of Ants and Men, aired PBS September 30, 2015
- The Ants, 1990, Harvard University Press, ISBN 0-674-04075-9, Winner of the 1991 Pulitzer Prize, with Bert Hölldobler
- Journey to the Ants: A Story of Scientific Exploration, 1994, Harvard University Press, ISBN 0-674-48525-4, with Bert Hölldobler
Deborah Gordon - interest in ants, networks, communication and AI