Thursday, April 16, 2009

A lifelong dream realized

I've always wanted an ant farm. Why? I have no idea. Maybe it has to do with watching a tireless animal spend its few remaining weeks pursuing a fruitless endeavor. I don't know.

A lifelong dream has finally come true. The combination of doing something sciency for my kids and having vast amounts of disposable income inspired me to finally purchase an ant farm. And this is not your daddy's ant farm. This is a space ant farm equipped with LED lights and everything.

Behold:
The 'sand' is a gel. It reminds me of agarose. I took delivery of 30±2 harvester ants this morning and added them to the farm. I expect crops by Fall.

Here's another pic with flash:

Now, back to my stout and Easter eggs.

8 comments:

Ψ*Ψ said...

AWESOME!!! I always wanted an ant farm too. (Then again, I was that weird girl who really liked bugs as a kid. Oh, wait, still do.)

katiedid said...

That is so great! I tried to make an ant farm as a kid but ended up gouging myself with a seam ripper when I tried to poke holes in the top for air. I still have a scar. And no ant farm.

the iNDefatigable mjenks said...

Oh, hey, guess what I found on the shelves here in North Carolina recently. Also, on tap this past weekend at the pub where we spent Easter.

Yep.

Fat Tire.

That beautiful tall glass of hoppy goodness and vile poison taunted me as it went to someone else's table.

I weep.

Chemgeek said...

Your's is a bitter pill to swallow, mjenks.

Taitauwai said...

Eeewwwww.... I like the concept of an ant farm, but guess I am the ant-phobia (what the word?). They ants) give me goosebumps. Make me itch.

milkshake said...

You need to add electrodes and a switch, for your kids to zap the ants at will. Not to kill them, just to make them jump up and run around faster

Lisa-tastrophies said...

WOW!! Ant farms have gone really high tech since I was a kid. Congratulations on a dream come true. :-)

Live ants said...

Ant farms rock!!. I got one from http://www.insectkits.com and even got the ants with it. The kids loved watching the blue gel light up and the ants eating the gel