Amazing photo exhibition about ants is at the Canadian Museum of Nature

Are the kids getting a little antsy? Take them to see the real thing at the Canadian Museum of Nature. Farmers, Warriors, Builders: The Hidden Life of Ants—an exhibition of 39 large-scale photos by award-winning photographer Mark W. Moffetjust opened at the popular downtown museum. This travelling exhibition is organized by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.

Moffett, a true adventurer who has travelled the world photographing ants, has been called the “Indiana Jones of Entomology” by the National Geographic Society. His images, shot with a macro lens, show his tiny subjects hunting, communicating, dealing with disease and managing agriculture.

“What fascinated me most in preparing this exhibit is that modern humans can be much more like ants than we are like our relatives, the chimpanzees,” said Moffett. “With our societies of millions, only ants and humans deal with issues of public health and environmental safety, roadways and traffic control, assembly lines and teamwork, market economics and voting, slavery and mass warfare.”

Special Highlight: Live Colonies of Harvester Ants and Honey Pot Ants! (Feeling Itchy Yet?)

As a special highlight, the show will include live colonies of harvester ants and honey pot ants, which will be added to the museum’s permanent Animalium exhibition following the closing of Ants. Visitors will also see a three-dimensional aluminum cast of an ant nest and touchable oversized ant models. The model of a leaf-cutter worker ant has been blown up to 50 times its actual size to show how it uses its body to work and survive in the colony.

Farmers, Warriors, Builders: The Hidden Life of Ants complements the Museum’s summer programming theme on live animals, and is included in the general admission fee. The Canadian Museum of Nature is located at 240 McLeod Street in Ottawa. Follow the museum on Twitter @museumofnature.


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