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Adams Mega Ant Lab

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Welcome to our #antstagram! 🐜🐜🐜🐜🐜🐜🐜The Adams lab group is studying the symbiotic relationships within the fungus-growing ant species network.

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Hey everyone! Dr. Adams is giving a talk about our ants THIS SATURDAY at Defining Skin! It’ll be a great time so be there or be square! . . . . #antstagram #ant #ants #myrmecology #science #scicomm #tattoos #biology
Some colonies spotted by @nepenthesbaphomet  Trachymyrmex cf. zeteki colonies make auricles at their nest entrances making their nests distinctive and easy to spot. You’ll see these along creek banks in Panama! . . . . . #antstagram #ant #ants #insect #insects #entomology #myrmecology #research #science #fieldwork #ecology #panama
These are new queens native to Ohio who are just starting their colonies. You can see that they’re tending to their brood. Like most queens, these girls are claustral, so they won’t eat from when they lay their eggs until their first workers hatch. . . . . . #antstagram #ant #ants #insect #insects #myrmecology #entomology #science #biology #museum #nofilter #queen
Catch our grad student Victoria (@rat.queeen) prepping for her experiments on venom alkaloids found in Megalomyrmex! She’s running experiments to test the antibacterial properties of these chemicals. . . . . . #ant #ants #antstagram #myrmecology #insects #insect #science #entomology #biology #microbiology #research #museum
Now that it’s summer you might see some ants with wings. Those are reproductive ants! That includes males (first photo) and unmated queens. Queens are always bigger than males of their species (πŸ‘‰πŸ‘‰πŸ‘‰). . . . . . #ants #ant #antstagram #myrmecology #insects #insect #entomology #science #biology #ecology #museum
These girls are Cyphomyrmex costatus. They’re not at all aggressive when you bother them. In fact, they curl up and play dead! . . . . . #ant #ants #antstagram #insects #insect #myrmecology #entomology #science #museum #biology #ecology
Grad student Matt Boot hard at work preparing for his field season in Panama! This was taken a month before he left. The lab misses you, Matt!
An Atta sexdens major worker taken with an iPhone macro lens by our undergrad Jaime Mah! Forgive her badly-chewed nails.
These girls are Apterostigma dentigerum. Unlike most fungus growers that grow from the bottom up, these girls hang their gardens from the roof of their chambers.  #entomology #ant #ants #antstagram #insects #science #myrmecology #museum #research
Here are some of this summer’s collections so far! We keep the colonies in Petri dishes with their fungus garden so we can bring them back home to the states. We also place damp cotton inside to maintain humidity.  #ants #ant #antstagram #panama #fieldwork #biology #ecology #fieldwork #science #entomology #collection #collections #insect #insects #myrmecology
The Adams lab is back in Panama for a while! #panama #leafcutterants #ants #hormigas #attini #research #scicomm
Morgan Oberweiser will be spending a yearlong internship in Gamboa, Panama studying the behavior of Heliconius butterflies! Congrats Morgan, you’re amazing! πŸ¦‹πŸ¦‹πŸ¦‹————————— #science #fieldwork #entomology #lepidoptera #butterfly #butterflies #panama #internship #biology #congratulations
There are two genera of leafcutter ants, Acromyrmex (here) and Atta (see last post). These girls are Acromyrmex octospinosus, collected last year from Panama. ————— This colony is smaller than our Atta colony because it’s younger and Acromyrmex colonies don’t tend to become as big as Atta colonies. ————— #science #insects #insect #entomology #biology #ant #ants
Check out our leafcutter colony! ————— These girls are Atta sexdens from Peru. They won’t eat these leaves, but they use them as substrate for their fungus garden (swipe right πŸ‘‰πŸ‘‰πŸ‘‰), just like the rest of the fungus-growing ants. ————— #ant #ants #science #insect #insects #entomology #biology #leafcutter #scienceporn #scienceisawesome
Another field day collecting ants and other arthropods at Denison University Biological Reserve! ———— Pic 3: Ant brood Pic 4: Carpenter ant queens Pic 5: Dolomedes spider ———— #science #insects #entomology #biology #fieldwork
Field work day! ——— Ohio has one species of fungus-growing ant, Trachymyrmex septentrionalis. The species is only found in the southern part of the state. Today we dug up a nest to raise in the lab and study alongside our tropical species! ——— In the spoon is their fungus garden, which we collect with the colony. We use aspirators to collect the ants into canisters and place the colony into their new nest boxes. ——— #science #ants #ant #fieldwork #entomology #myrmecology #biology #insect #insects
Collecting red bud to dry and feed the fungus growing ants!
Teaching one of our undergrads how to prepare nice looking ant specimen for vouchers and type specimen deposition!

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