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AntU is an endeavor designed to involve a variety of academic disciplines to engage a broad audience in the wonders of the complex biological systems of army ants and their hundreds of associated species (“guests").

Multiple departments and schools across UConn campuses will be participating in AntU over the four year life of the grant, each challenged with exploring the idea “Learning from the Miniature Societies of Army Ants.” Their efforts will be guided by three overarching themes: (1) the role of the real, (2) complexity, and (3) informing human culture.

Stay tuned—let’s see what Army Ants and their Guests have to teach us!




Learning from the Complex Society of Army Ants & Their Guests

Giant Ant Model


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On the Web

Rettenmeyer Army Ant Guest Collection, EEB Biodiversity Research Collections






Ant photography

Paper: Ant Workers Exhibit Specialization and Memory During Raft Formation

Suggested by David Grant, UConn School of Pharmacy



Gotwald, W.H., Jr. 1995. Army Ants: the biology of social predation: 302 pp. Ithaca, N.Y.


Hölldobler, B. and Wilson, E.O. (1990) The Ants. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Exhibit Opening

The Legacy of a Lifetime of Collecting:

The Carl & Marian Rettenmeyer Story

Sunday, October 28, 1:00-4:00pm, Babbidge Library, Lower Level,

UConn Storrs Campus, No registration required - FREE


Come celebrate the opening of our new AntU traveling exhibit! Carl and Marian Rettenmeyer spent more than 50 years studying army ants and their guests in the jungles of Central America. Visit the new interactive exhibit during Homecoming 2018, which takes you on a journey from those tropical rainforests to the Biodiversity Research Collections at UConn—and learn more about their lives, research, and the vital role of biological collections play in scientific discovery.


From 1:00-4:00pm in the Stevens Gallery (lower level), you can tour the exhibit and meet members of the AntU Team: Faculty, staff and students from the departments of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Digital Media and Design, and the CT State Museum of Natural History at UConn. At 2:00pm, in the Class of 1947 Room (Plaza level), you are also invited to attend a special all-ages presentation by Dr. Janine Caira, EEB Distinguished Professor and Director of the Museum of Natural History. Hear more about the truly unique university-wide AntU Initiative, and exciting plans for 2019 and beyond!




Be Our Guest

The Complex Society of Army Ants and Their Guests

Hours: 8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday.




Special All-Ages Event

  Bug Week - AntU Day





The Literature of Army Ants & Their Guests

Hours: 8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday.



Special Event Weekends

  AntU Puppet Pageant with Ballard Museum

September 9 & 10, 2017

September 17, 2017

Storrs Center, Storrs, CT




Undergraduate Course

  Animating Science - DMD 3240

Anna Lindemann, Digital Media and Design Department, School of Fine Arts

Spring Semester 2017

UConn Storrs

For registered UConn undergraduates









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