This video clip, from a 2006 documentary (Ants! Natures Secret Power), shows the excavation of a giant colony of grass-cutter ants. Over the course of 3 days, scientists pumped 10 tons of cement into an abandoned ant hill. After weeks of digging, the colony’s intricate and impressive structure is revealed.
If this clip piques your interest, the full-length documentary can be viewed 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 cameraman Wolfgang Thaler captured the scene. The more I learn about ants, the more my mind is blown.
Bottom line: Video clip from Ants! Nature’s Secret Power by cameraman Wolfgang Thaler and entomologist Bert Hölldobler. It shows how scientists pumped 10 tons of cement into an abandoned ant hill, then excavated to reveal its intricate structure.
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