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Small yet abundant, with complex and wildly diverse lifestyles, ants are everywhere, living lives mostly hidden from our view. What if we could see into their world . . . on their level? What would we learn? What parallels could we draw between them and us. Now, with the aid of a macro lens and the insights of ant expert and photographer Dr. Mark Moffett, SITES and the Smithsonian s National Museum of Natural History present the world of ants.

Farmers, Warriors, Builders was one of NMNH's most popular exhibitions of 2009, and the ongoing companion website has received a record number of visits.

Moffetts stunning macro photographs tell incredible stories about the lives of antshunting, communicating, dealing with disease and agricultureand chronicle the work of entomologists in the field. This science-based exhibit includes complete instructions for a live ant colony and hands-on models that will awe both adults and children.
Leafcutter Ant (Acromyrmex octospinosus) worker cutting papaya leaf, Guadeloupe, Caribbean
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00111433 Leafcutter Ant (Acromyrmex octospinosus) worker cutting papaya leaf, Guadeloupe, Caribbean© Mark Moffett
Leafcutter Ant (Atta vollenveideri) decaying nests which play an important ecological role since palms and mesquites sprout from the fertile soil created by the nests, Paraguay  -  Mark Moffett
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00111453 Leafcutter Ant (Atta vollenveideri) decaying nests which play an important ecological role since palms and mesquites sprout from the fertile soil created by the nests, Paraguay© Mark Moffett
Leafcutter Ant (Acromyrmex sp) workers stop on the trail to identify each other with antenna strokes, batteries of antennal receptors instantly inform each of them that the other ant is a member of th...  -  Mark Moffett
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00111481 Leafcutter Ant (Acromyrmex sp) workers stop on the trail to identify each other with antenna strokes, batteries of antennal receptors instantly inform each of them that the other ant is a member of th...© Mark Moffett
Carpenter Ant (Camponotus schmtzi) on tendril of host Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes bicalcarata), Borneo, Malaysia
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00127736 Carpenter Ant (Camponotus schmtzi) on tendril of host Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes bicalcarata), Borneo, Malaysia© Mark Moffett
Weaver Ant (Oecophylla longinoda) group building nest by pulling on leaves and forming chains, Africa  -  Mark Moffett
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00129248 Weaver Ant (Oecophylla longinoda) group building nest by pulling on leaves and forming chains, Africa© Mark Moffett
Ant (Myrmelachista schumanni) cleared undergrowth creating a spirit garden in which Jorge, a Matsigenka Indian, stands, Manu National Park, Peru  -  Mark Moffett
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00129387 Ant (Myrmelachista schumanni) cleared undergrowth creating a spirit garden in which Jorge, a Matsigenka Indian, stands, Manu National Park, Peru© Mark Moffett
Ant (Formicidae) predating on snail, Ecuador  -  Mark Moffett
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00438817 Ant (Formicidae) predating on snail, Ecuador© Mark Moffett
Ant (Thaumatomyrmex sp) worker using her long-toothed mandibles to hold her bristly millipede prey while she strips off its hairs before eating, Tiputini, Ecuador  -  Mark Moffett
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00439783 Ant (Thaumatomyrmex sp) worker using her long-toothed mandibles to hold her bristly millipede prey while she strips off its hairs before eating, Tiputini, Ecuador© Mark Moffett
Driver Ant (Dorylus nigricans) trail guards in defensive position, Ghana  -  Mark Moffett
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00439784 Driver Ant (Dorylus nigricans) trail guards in defensive position, Ghana© Mark Moffett
Carpenter Ant (Camponotus cylindricus) has ruptured her body to spew a sticky yellow glue, which has killed both her and the larger worker of another Carpenter Ant (Camponotus sp), Brunei, Borneo, Mal...  -  Mark Moffett
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00439788 Carpenter Ant (Camponotus cylindricus) has ruptured her body to spew a sticky yellow glue, which has killed both her and the larger worker of another Carpenter Ant (Camponotus sp), Brunei, Borneo, Mal...© Mark Moffett
Amazon Ant (Polyergus sp) group returning to their home nest at the conclusion of a slave raid, grey slave ant carries one of their pupa, near Lake Tahoe, California  -  Mark Moffett
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00439789 Amazon Ant (Polyergus sp) group returning to their home nest at the conclusion of a slave raid, grey slave ant carries one of their pupa, near Lake Tahoe, California© Mark Moffett
Slave-making Ant (Protomognathus americanus) and their orange Ant (Temnothorax sp) slaves in acorn, Ohio  -  Mark Moffett
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00439790 Slave-making Ant (Protomognathus americanus) and their orange Ant (Temnothorax sp) slaves in acorn, Ohio© Mark Moffett
Argentine Ant (Linepithema humile) dead bodies piling up along the battle lines between two colonies, Escondido, California  -  Mark Moffett
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00439793 Argentine Ant (Linepithema humile) dead bodies piling up along the battle lines between two colonies, Escondido, California© Mark Moffett
Argentine Ant (Linepithema humile) group on barbed wire, Argentina  -  Mark Moffett
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00439795 Argentine Ant (Linepithema humile) group on barbed wire, Argentina© Mark Moffett
Argentine Ant (Linepithema humile) grabbing the leg of a fire ant in a fight to control the dead grasshopper they are standing on, the fire ant is exuding venom from her stinger used to slash her atta...  -  Mark Moffett
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00439796 Argentine Ant (Linepithema humile) grabbing the leg of a fire ant in a fight to control the dead grasshopper they are standing on, the fire ant is exuding venom from her stinger used to slash her atta...© Mark Moffett
Ant (Crematogaster sp) group along the trail of a large nest, Ghana  -  Mark Moffett
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00439797 Ant (Crematogaster sp) group along the trail of a large nest, Ghana© Mark Moffett
Ant (Pheidole ferox) nest entrance was formed from underground soil excavation and deposition by worker ants, Parana River, northern Argentina  -  Mark Moffett
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00439798 Ant (Pheidole ferox) nest entrance was formed from underground soil excavation and deposition by worker ants, Parana River, northern Argentina© Mark Moffett
Ant (Odontomachus sp) ready to catch its prey with its jaws open, Tiputini, Ecuador  -  Mark Moffett
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00439800 Ant (Odontomachus sp) ready to catch its prey with its jaws open, Tiputini, Ecuador© Mark Moffett
Amazon Ant (Polyergus sp) female worker positioning mandibles to pierce the head of an ant from an alien nest, Sagehen Creek, California  -  Mark Moffett
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00445295 Amazon Ant (Polyergus sp) female worker positioning mandibles to pierce the head of an ant from an alien nest, Sagehen Creek, California© Mark Moffett
Army Ant (Eciton hamatum) major worker biting finger mandibles while stinging which turns the finger red. Also called a soldier, its primary job is defending the colony, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00751031 Army Ant (Eciton hamatum) major worker biting finger mandibles while stinging which turns the finger red. Also called a soldier, its primary job is defending the colony, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Mark Moffett
Army Ant (Eciton hamatum) major worker. Also called a soldier, its primary job is defending the colony, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00751079 Army Ant (Eciton hamatum) major worker. Also called a soldier, its primary job is defending the colony, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Mark Moffett
Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) submajor worker carrying section of dismembered centipede back to nest as media worker behind her lifts dragging end, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00751081 Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) submajor worker carrying section of dismembered centipede back to nest as media worker behind her lifts dragging end, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Mark Moffett
Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) workers linking to one another toe to toe, building a new bivouc for the day, hundreds of thousands of ants will eventaully join in, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00751094 Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) workers linking to one another toe to toe, building a new bivouc for the day, hundreds of thousands of ants will eventaully join in, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Mark Moffett
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