It's time again to start thinking which ant classes you're going to take this summer.
Arizona is a fantastic place to study ants. We have honeypot ants, army ants, leafcutter ants, bigheaded ants, and harvester ants, to name just a few of the different kinds.
You might envision a bunch of inhospitable cacti, but that's actually not the case. First of all cacti have extrafloral nectaries, which make them attractive to ants. Plus, there's a diversity of plants in the area around Portal. It's an awesome area for anyone interested in biology to explore.
What does the course cover? Among other things, students will be given the opportunity to study behavior and communication in ants, learn how to keep ant colonies in the laboratory, make an ant reference collection, and learn some photography techniques.
Cost: Tuition is still $1206 (includes room and board).
If you are interested, you will need to fill out the application form at the course website by July 1, 2018. You will be notified if you are accepted, at which time you'll need to pay the fees.
Note: We'll be posting information about another ant class, the California Academy of Sciences Ant Course, tomorrow.