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Back when I was working more directly with leafcutter ants, people would always ask if there was any way I would give them a colony to keep on their desk. I had to say no: they make for finicky pets, and it isn't practical to keep just one colony due to the risks of fungus loss.

Fast-forward to now. These folks have a booth up in the conference Expo. These ant farms look very classy, although they aren't cheap (nor should they be).

Recent efforts towards decorative social insects

They aren't made for leafcutter ants, but they still look like a lot of fun.

I also spotted an advertisement in our conference booklet, for Termites for your desktop. This also looks super-cool. Again, not cheap, but it shouldn't be.

Edited to add... Seeing all the other art at the meeting makes me want to do way more ento-art. For instance, it would be SO COOL to figure out how to do gyotaku with insects, on ceramic pieces. Come to think of it, maybe I'm dredging up memories of the entomology art show that happened when the meeting took place in Austin several years ago.

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