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    Walter Tschinkel at Florida State University has been making plaster casts of harvester ant nests to study ant architecture and behavior.

    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.

    Walter Tschinkel's Aluminum Casts of Ant Colonies Reveals Insect Architecture - Core77

    Aluminum ant hill casting......pour Milton aluminum in ant hole, then dig out , wash with hose.

    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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