Ant Colony Living in a Scanner Is Recorded Over 5 Years (Video)

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Ants are amazing creatures. When we stop to really take a look at them, their status bumps up from pest to anything from hero to inspiration for biomimicry. So it's no wonder some people like to keep ant farms for a close-up look at how these phenomenal insects work. But one ant keeper, François Vautier, took their farm a step further. The colony was placed inside a scanner, where the nest was scanned each week for five years! Check out a time lapse video of the ant farm after the jump.

ANTS in my scanner > a five years time-lapse! from françois vautier on Vimeo.

Watching the construction and remodeling of an ant colony over time is fascinating. And hopefully it lends a greater appreciation for the capabilities of these tiny beings.

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