Watch what happens when scientists excavate a giant anthill

We noticed this video clip – originally published at our site in 2013 – was getting a lot of notice today. It deserves it! It’s amazing.

This video clip (from a longer documentary, Ants! Natures Secret Power) shows the excavation of a huge ant city, from a former colony of grass-cutter ants. Over the course of three days, scientists pumped 10 tons of cement into the abandoned ant hill. After weeks of digging, the scientists revealed the colony’s intricate and impressive structure. It’s amazing!

By the way, note the word abandoned. No ant genocide here, although a marvelous underground structure was altered in the name of science.

If this clip piques your interest, know that you can also view the full-length documentary here. The documentary introduces us to the world of ants through the eyes of Bert Hölldobler, entomologist and friend of world-renowned scientist E.O. Wilson. Award-winning cinematographer Wolfgang Thaler captured the scene.

The more I learn about ants, the more my mind is blown.

Closeup of a dozen large ants silhouetted against light background.
Video still from Ants! Nature’s Secret Power.

Bottom line: Video clip from Ants! Nature’s Secret Power by cameraman Wolfgang Thaler and entomologist Bert Hölldobler.

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November 3, 2019

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