Spectacular Ant Nest Molds

Researchers in Florida poured a liquid plaster-metal mixture into the nests of the Florida harvester ant. The resulting casts display astonishing intricacy and depth. One interesting discovery was that the top heavy nature of the chambers reflects age distribution within the any colony and not necessarily earlier digging. Younger ants tend to dig within the bottom 2/3rds of the nest while older ants dig in the top 1/3rd, eventually graduating to harvesting outside of the nest. The highest concentration of ants, therefore, is in the top of the nests, resulting in more chambers.

Although this was not discussed, we suspect many, many, ants were harmed to bring you these awesome pictures.

Close-up of Florida harvester ant nest chambers, pogonomyrmex badius

Ant nest structure was accurately predicted as early as 1991, with Maxis’ “SimAnt”



  1. #1 Justin Picotte
    July 1, 2012

    The tall ones are about 11 3/4 approximately in height.. The short ones are about 7 3/4 approximately in height.. . Hope this helps! We have the Chocolate ones and they are Astounding and match anything!

  2. #2 The New Beginning 2012
    July 5, 2012

    Ahahhaah Eric, terrific answer!

  3. #3 Darcy Cepas
    July 7, 2012

    Many thanks Rob, Actually appreciate your words, I usually said that this kind of business enterprise needs just programming and some designing skills. I know now I’m wrong. I’ve learned from you something new, but till now even I do not know what the market needs. As you said there is ability to learn new skills in designing and programming but what is that, can you help?

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