How I built an anthill 2
I do not even know how many ants in the colony. In the old Formica ants and offspring scored all cameras. Part of the ants, probably with offspring, lives at the back of formica, where I can not see. Nowhere to go, we have to somehow solve the housing problems of a large family.
Soon two months as ants have mastered a new Formica. I thought that was about to make it more lively and arena and all together how to describe! But the level of enthusiasm for the construction of the arena falls, so far only on the Formica. On it I also enthusiasm was not enough - not allowed to breathe at work. The last straw was the birth of a soldier in a box of Tic-Tock the arena. The newly soldiers timidly peeking out of the box between the tightly older soldiers standing at the entrance. Dozhilsya! I have ants were born out of formica.
Former humidification chamber.
The second ant farm, I was thinking of doing in a flat screen, but the shape of the monitors found I did not like. Podyschu decided that something more appropriate, and monitor body use as a stand. Ikeevskaya photo frame seemed quite appropriate: the finished frame with glass - just add
of water gypsum.
"There IKEA - have an idea!"
have done the holes in the frame: to enter, humidification and ventilation. To identify the camera, I use foam, which cemented clay. Knowing their digging abilities Campo, clung humidification chamber mosquito net.
About I figured that if I had the last formica polpachki plaster, then the next two packets should suffice. Mixer greatly facilitates and speeds up the mixing process. But plaster is not enough. Not enough for about 2-3 millimeters up to the level of the frame. When casting froze and I tried to clean the foam, it turned out that many cameras are pressed through. The first attempt failed
For the new plaster casting bought 3 package. I made a new casting. Chipped the corner from the casting, the frame broke, left over from the last time the silicone has dried, and ants to sabotage the arena: Soak wrappers from cocoons and honey, and then these wrappers and other debris stuck to the plug base, which was the most honey. In the same half of the honey trampled arena. And water drinkers over.
I pulled out the water bottle and the cork and honey, to put crap place wet cotton wool. He raised spooky kipezh on scene and picked up a bunch of ants in his hands. One of the soldiers bitten my finger to draw blood ... :( In the heat of battle with the ants for a wet cotton wool by rubbing arena soldiers pootkusyvali pile workers head. Even the workers staged a stretch at each other. It is terrible to imagine what happens during a fight between two anthills ...
I bought a new silicone spent reducing the casting operation, glued box, led in order arena, put in place a full water bottle and cork with honey without further adventures. It seems life is getting better :)
Straight from the tin casting. more tselenkaya
The picture shows that some cells are locked. I made a small hint of the fact that they are there. Hopefully, the ants will understand.
After the glued frame, it appeared that the cast in it is not included. And I'm going to cast more in polyethylene wrap to prevent escape - in case the ants to get to the back wall. I took nazhdachku and grind the edges of the casting so that the casting is easily included in the frame. During the turning of a corner chipped :(
Casting is packed in a polyethylene overlap on the glass. To a glass glued with silicone polyethylene. Silicone is very bad glue polyethylene, but much of it is not required. The main function is to perform the frame itself, namely its front, holding the glass.
A few days later, when the silicone has dried up and frame glued, I began to build. Drill holes in the cabinet and in the frame (so that the screws do not split the narrow frame)
was quite difficult to reinsert the tube, needle files had to work to expand the holes slightly. The vent tube stuffed pieces twisted mosquito nets.
Inserted all the tubes, cut the excess polyethylene
installed and connected to the old arena (see the top right old Formica)
Again, we heard his footsteps and smelled his breath. The earth shook under our feet and began to emit heat and acrid smoke. What is it?! I do not whether the demons tear us from Hell? In disbelief we stood with her sisters on the border, and waited for the denouement. And the smoke cleared, and we saw the gates, and fearlessly rushed them to meet fate. And it opened our eyes a miracle! We heard our prayers! He revealed to us the white stone palace with spacious chambers and humidity increased! And we filled our hearts with joy! But what is it? It seems that there is a secret room ...
Joy all rushed to kiss each other
It was necessary to solve an interesting problem: how to connect the new to the old Formica arena? The last time it was simply: chose the moment when the arena nobody left plugged with cotton and the entrance to the arena do what you want. Now that the constant rush of workers crowd around the arena and, importantly, a soldier, to expel someone from the arena it is not possible. I had to improvise. I took a soldering iron and melted the hole for the tube right at the ants. Afraid that they pounce on the soldering tip or gripping the molten plastic, but the ants, although looked aggressive, keep a distance of a few centimeters away from the scene. They rushed inside without hesitation, and such a crowd that I did not even realize who was the first
It seems that this is the second
The first soldier
The development went on Hurray! All work in the arena ran Formica, running thereon, running through the tube to the arena and back. But I have not started the relocation.
- Hey! Is anybody home?! I say: Hey! Is anybody home?!
found a secret room. I tried on the tooth, but did not reveal
cut open one of the not so secret rooms
On the morning of the next day discovered that the offspring partially moved.
For completing seen what the secret room
In the new Formica spacious. Again, the eggs can be hung in the air ...
... and build a model of DNA from larvae
A few days moved most of the litter in the new Formica, but leave the old, it seems, are not going to. There still have offspring and mamashka. By the way, for a long time I did not see her.
Mothers. I wonder how the workers surround it
Here, actually. All resettlement. Probably, it is necessary to forcibly expel from the old formica, when the hands reach the new arena. I'm very interested to see what they are there at the back wall of the dug.
And now about art. Once, at the dawn of humanity, primitive tools and weapons helped primitive people get a little free time on the struggle for survival. This time, people began to spend on the development of culture and art. It seems that my ants entered the same stage. At least one rabid soldiers (I think that this is one and the same) again made from the trough with honey the subject of "art." Specially put them candied honey, so they do not waste it in Macau. It turned out that the candied even better! On it you can walk to and from it you can mold kulichiki without garbage! I'm in touch ... as they are now cultural honey to feed? ant art
The Master at work
Well, why !? Why did he do it?
A bit of violence. Bring down some stray dragonfly:
Know where your opponent's eyes, and strive to cling to them and to splash acid. Interestingly, when the victim loses much of its mobility, the soldiers move aside and begins to peel. For a while it seems that the victim in general all lost interest. Then, gradually, they start cutting.
The new Formica did something very unusual. At first I thought they were there arranged the trash, but some countries. In the far corner of one of the chambers piled something and take care of it with something. It's not just rubbish, but understand that it is, I can not. Can mushrooms? Kampa know how to grow mushrooms?
Experiment with the Chamber of Secrets was a success. We opened and mastered one of the great secret rooms - the top right :) basting the rest taped garbage.
Arena. Top left visible escaped the ant
In the center of the photograph shows the illegal tenant in the old Formica. About the size of half a millimeter. Springtails? Something similar has lived in my pond: Invasion!
Sit look like I process photos. They love this business