The Ant Lab
- build tunnels
- care for their eggs, larvae and pupae
- dismember their insect prey and carry it back to the burrow
- clean house
- take out the trash
Scientists are fascinated by how a group of 10,000 individuals can organize themselves so efficiently. Learn about the social life of ants as you watch the queen ant lay eggs; the young worker ants care for the eggs, larva and pupae; the middle aged ants do the house work and take out the trash; and the old worker ants forage on the surface for seeds or scavenge for dead or nearly dead insect prey.
The popular belief is that earthworms turn the world's soil. This is not the case for desert soils. Ants are the engineers of desert soils. These are only a few of the fascinating facts you'll find at The Living Desert's NEW Ant Lab! The Ant Lab is located at the NEW Discovery Center and is open during regular park hours.