Wisconson Science Festival 17-20th October 2019

Pictures and reports of colonies on show around the world
Post Reply
User avatar
Acromyrmexbob
Site Admin
Posts: 2199
Joined: Tue Nov 24, 2015 10:32 pm

Wisconson Science Festival 17-20th October 2019

Post by Acromyrmexbob » Sun Sep 01, 2019 11:28 pm

Saturday10/1910:00 am - 3:00 pm
Visit the Currie lab’s large leaf-cutter ant colony in the UW-Madison Microbial Sciences Building to learn about these amazing insects! Observe the ants cutting and carrying leaves to feed the symbiotic fungus they farm in underground chambers. Watch the ants raise their young and weed their fungus. Plus, learn how we can discover new antibiotics, improve our understanding of basic biology, and contribute to biofuel research by studying these insects. Visitors can observe our display colony, play a game to experience the challenges of forming a successful leaf-cutter ant colony, and learn how to collect ants in their own backyards.

Image

https://wisconsinsciencefest.org/event/ ... -colony-2/

Atta solider
Worker
Posts: 466
Joined: Thu Dec 03, 2015 9:30 am

Re: Wisconson Science Festival 17-20th October 2019

Post by Atta solider » Fri Nov 01, 2019 9:21 am

Andrew that's sound really good and in the pic what so of leaf cutter are they. They look amazing

User avatar
Acromyrmexbob
Site Admin
Posts: 2199
Joined: Tue Nov 24, 2015 10:32 pm

Re: Wisconson Science Festival 17-20th October 2019

Post by Acromyrmexbob » Sat Nov 02, 2019 12:22 pm

Thats Atta cephalotes bicolor from Panama. Its a subspecies of cephalotes only found in a small locality. They were once referred to as Atta cephalotes isthmicola but I cant find them under that name any more. I have been trying to get a permit for Panama but it is really difficult. Must be the nicest looking leaf cutter!

Atta solider
Worker
Posts: 466
Joined: Thu Dec 03, 2015 9:30 am

Re: Wisconson Science Festival 17-20th October 2019

Post by Atta solider » Sun Nov 03, 2019 1:31 pm

They are Andrew great two part colour. would love sp of them.

User avatar
Acromyrmexbob
Site Admin
Posts: 2199
Joined: Tue Nov 24, 2015 10:32 pm

Re: Wisconson Science Festival 17-20th October 2019

Post by Acromyrmexbob » Sun Nov 03, 2019 2:35 pm

Or, if you've got a few days and a good magnifying glass, you could decorate the workers of a normal cephalotes colony. I think I would go for yellow abdomens and pink dots. Should be possible with a good paint brush and a steady hand!! We should start a competition! :twisted:

Atta solider
Worker
Posts: 466
Joined: Thu Dec 03, 2015 9:30 am

Re: Wisconson Science Festival 17-20th October 2019

Post by Atta solider » Wed Nov 06, 2019 11:28 am

Lmao they would look like they have chicken spots but pink

earthtiger
Larva
Posts: 27
Joined: Thu Nov 07, 2019 10:36 am

Re: Wisconson Science Festival 17-20th October 2019

Post by earthtiger » Sun Nov 10, 2019 7:41 pm

Acromyrmexbob wrote:
Sat Nov 02, 2019 12:22 pm
Thats Atta cephalotes bicolor from Panama. Its a subspecies of cephalotes only found in a small locality.
As far as I know, the bicolor is just a pet trade name (I know the two guys, who brought that name up) and not an official described subspecies => I would write it Atta cephalotes "bicolor"

User avatar
Acromyrmexbob
Site Admin
Posts: 2199
Joined: Tue Nov 24, 2015 10:32 pm

Re: Wisconson Science Festival 17-20th October 2019

Post by Acromyrmexbob » Mon Nov 11, 2019 5:24 pm

The correct name is (was?) Atta cephalotes isthmicola, a subspecies of Atta cephalotes. Bicolor is not part of their formal description but works well. I found them with this name a few years ago on the internet and in literature but struggle now, perhaps they have been reclassified. The whole taxonomy of many different genera of vertbrates and invertebrates is in flux as new methodology is used to separate and combine them; the name they are called one month is not what they are the next. Its a full time job keeping up.

earthtiger
Larva
Posts: 27
Joined: Thu Nov 07, 2019 10:36 am

Re: Wisconson Science Festival 17-20th October 2019

Post by earthtiger » Mon Nov 11, 2019 8:07 pm

Acromyrmexbob wrote:
Mon Nov 11, 2019 5:24 pm
Bicolor is not part of their formal description but works well.
it works, but Atta bicolor or Atta cephalotes bicolor are just pet trade names. In the scientific world they would be called nomen nudum, because there is no formal description of a species or subspecies with such a name.

To my knowledge, this name was created by Thies Schubert and Detlef Ollesch. In 2008, they found some Atta cephalotes with dark to black body in an small area in Costa Rica. They found this variaton only in coffee plantation. They introduced it with the name "bicolor" into the pet trade.

User avatar
Acromyrmexbob
Site Admin
Posts: 2199
Joined: Tue Nov 24, 2015 10:32 pm

Re: Wisconson Science Festival 17-20th October 2019

Post by Acromyrmexbob » Mon Nov 11, 2019 11:02 pm

Of course this subspecies has been known for a lot longer than 2008. There is literature on it from many years ago. It is the most beautiful Atta though, I think, if a little disappointing in the flesh. But with the correct light, as you say, the photos are fantastic!!

Post Reply