As a follow up from the highly successful Leaf Cutting Ant exhibit we set up last year, it was decided to display Green Tree Ants within the same Ant Exhibition. This being the first time this species had been put on public display anywhere, and the first time they had been brought to Korea, there was a huge amount of interest in this project.
To establish a supply of 6 colonies, Andrew travelled to Eastern Australia, Queensland, to spend a week locating the nests.
These were collected successfully and boxed in a specially constructed crate with plastic buckets inside to house the nests.
As usual, the Ant Keeping staff at the National Institute of Ecology had set up a world class facility to receive them!
When the ants arrived from Australia we transferred them into the behind the scenes Weaver Ant room, into specially built perspex tanks.
Within a day they had built their baskets and were moving from the transport containers into the new nest.
Now we moved the two best colonies into the main displays where the public would see them. These again were very impressive setups and catered for the ants in every way.
The nest quickly built some beautiful woven baskets and the display was fully ready to go within 24 hours of moving the ants!
One of the best things about Green Tree Ants is the way they hunt. It is very visual and their cooperative strategy as they pin a much bigger prey animal down and slowly transport it back to the nest is something to behold!