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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


Army Ants & Their Guests: Works Inspired by the
Carl & Marian Ant Guest Collection



Special Event

  The Colony Premiere at UConn


Special All-Ages Event

  Bug Week - AntU Day



Be Our Guest

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.









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