Walter Tschinkel’s Aluminum Casts of Ant Colonies Reveals Insect Architecture

This is pretty freaking amazing, and gives new meaning to the term “sacrifical casting.” Retiree Walter R. Tschinkel is an entomologist and former professor of Biological Science at Florida State University. He recognizes ants as “some of nature’s grand architects” and, curious to understand their self-created habitats, devised a clever (if cruel) way to do it: By pouring molten aluminum down into the hole.

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