Fire Ant Painting

Apparently, ants can paint.

These paintings are done by letting a “ball” of aggregating fire ant walk along acrylic paint drops. As they diffuse outward, they create an exploding graphic pattern. Using different caste/sex/size of ants, you can get very different patterns.

I am currently not selling.

<Nebula>
<Heat>
<Sunflowers>
<Chaos>
<Spirit>
<Twins>
<Prides>
<Hot Spring>
<Sun>
<Evil>
<Algae>
<Electric>

All size 11 by 17. (If you want one but don’t like what’s available, you may request a custom one with your colors of choice. But I don’t have that many extra ants to use so a custom one would be more expansive.)

Media cover: https://kottke.org/20/10/paintings-by-fire-ants; https://boingboing.net/2020/10/24/fire-ants-created-this-art.html

(I am using regular acrylic paints here so the ants are hurt to some degree due to the toxicity, some are killed. Arguably it is not very humane, but honestly I don’t really have a problem using fire ants (Solenopsis invicta) for this purpose, given that 1, they are an serious invasive pest insect worldwide, causing ecological, agricultural and health problems; 2, the workers are sterile and part of a “superorganism”; 3, The ants I use are from queenless colonies so they will be dead soon anyway.)

(But of course I will try non-toxic paint, if the demand is high.)

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