Leafcutter Ant Display Colony
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.