They’re small but they’re smart.

October 2, 2008 – 2:32 pm

It seems appropriate to follow up my previous post on politics with one about insects. We bought one of those Antworks ant habitats recently. It is filled with a NASA-developed transparent gel compound that the ants eat and tunnel through. I thought it’d be fun to make a time lapse video of the ants tunneling their way through our gel. Here it is, with a few small embellishments:


(youtube link)

This is about seven days worth of tunneling compressed to less than a minute of footage. You can see the daylight come and go in the background.

A high-quality version is available if you click the youtube link and click the “watch in high quality” link under the video.

  1. 11 Responses to “They’re small but they’re smart.”

  2. that was cool!

    what do you edit your video with?

    By ClintJCL on Oct 2, 2008

  3. I used iMovie and iMovie HD on my Mac Pro.

    By doranchak on Oct 2, 2008

  4. Nice cinematography :-) How did you do the time-lapse?

    By Ryan Schutt on Oct 2, 2008

  5. I used a program called iStopMotion to set up the time-lapse with my Macbook Pro’s built-in iSight camera. I rigged it to take still shots every 10 minutes or so.

    By doranchak on Oct 3, 2008

  6. I love the video of your ants. I got mine @ http://www.antworkstoys.com and could not be happier. The habitat of mine has leds and glows and i leave it plugged in in my kids room.

    By Antworkstoys on Oct 3, 2008

  7. Dave! This is awesome! Love the music you chose too. Perfect ominous tones for the closeups

    By Vicky on Oct 3, 2008

  8. Thanks!

    By doranchak on Oct 4, 2008

  9. #$%&ing awesome! I totally agree about the music. The Aliens soundtrack is the perfect touch!

    By Ryan Somma on Oct 8, 2008

  10. I’ve got it at http://www.innovatoys.com/p/NOV/ANTW1 for only about $20
    You guys should take a look at the led base called antworks illuminator
    I also got this one. It makes the antquarium look much beautiful. It costs $13

    By adam on Oct 14, 2008

  11. Very cool video. I linked to it over at The Primate Diaries.

    By EMJ on Apr 6, 2009

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