Bullet and Trap-jaw Ants
Be sure to catch the team's hip-hop ode to the "bullet ant" (named for its gunshot-like sting), and watch the aerial acrobatics performed by amazing Trap-jaw ants. This is the seventh installment in a series of video journals by Dr. Corrie Moreau and her team documenting their 2012 expedition to catalog and study ant diversity in the Guanacaste region.
During the trip, team members collected ant specimens, reared live ants on special diets, and took samples of several ant species that will be studied back home at The Field Museum. By learning more about the relationship between diet, anatomy, and species diversity, the team hopes to better understand the mechanisms of evolution that affect all life on Earth.
Be sure to check out Video Journal #8: “Back in the Lab” at vimeopro.com/fieldmuseum/expeditions-ants-diet-and-dna-detectives/video/95766754.
For more about Dr. Moreau's Costa Rican Expedition, please visit expeditions.fieldmuseum.org/test-child-expedition.
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