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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


AntU Talk: Advanced Expository Writing (ENGL 3003W)



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


"Be Our Guest" is Now Open!

The Complex Society of Army Ants and Their Guests

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





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




Special All-Ages Event

  Bug Week - AntU Day

July 27, 2017

UConn Storrs campus, Biology/Physics building




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





Undergraduate Course

Advanced Expository Writing - ENGL 3003W

Bruce Cohen, English Department, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Fall Semester 2016

UConn Storrs

For registered UConn undergraduates


Undergraduates in Bruce Cohen's Advanced Expository Writing course considered Army Ants and Guests for their work the fall 2016 class, with a  primer on the subject provided by Dr. Janine Caira.




Community Event

Cornucopia 2016

October 2, 2016

UConn Storrs. CAHNR main building and green

Free and open to the Public



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