|Standing by my poster at the ABS meeting|
Unfortunately, the meeting kept us pretty busy, and so we didn't really get to explore Boulder. It's a pretty small city with a hippie/outdoorsy vibe to it. I'm glad I got to visit, but I'm not sure I'd add it to my list of places to vacation or live. However, it is surrounded by some gorgeous mountains, which are known for their amazing hiking and rock climbing opportunities.
|Fritz likes to help Ted while he's working at home.|
We've been having a few overcast and rainy days in Tempe, which I am finally coming to appreciate. Initially I loved that every day was sunny here and disliked the occasional grey sky. However, once in awhile it is nice to walk around outside without feeling like some giant being is holding a large magnifying glass above you and directing a beam of sunlight straight at you. After living here, I'll be sure to encourage all children to avoid partaking in this activity which many of us did with ants when we were young.
Because Ted and I haven't posted on our blog for a couple of years, I thought a longer post was needed. I'll try to update it more often so that friends and family living far from us can keep abreast of our adventures. To start this off, I thought I'd post some photos of the ants I work with. Enjoy!
Below are pictures of the Environmental Growth Chamber that many of our ant colonies live in.
Here are photos of two of the species of ants I work with.
|This is a typical nest box made of dental plaster. |
has a nest area and foraging area.
|This is a close up of the nest area.|
|These are some workers (both majors |
and minors) and brood.
|This is a C. festinatus queen.|
|Workers and brood in the nest area|
|This is a typical nest box for|
Here is a video of the Aphaenogaster queen in the nest.
Note the egg stuck to her gaster (i.e., her butt). :)