Great ants at Visiatome

Formidables fourmis au Visiatome

We could have also titled this exhibition “Fascinating ants”.

This is the theme of the temporary exhibition on display until 4 November by the science museum of Marcoule, near Chusclan and Bagnols-sur-Cèze. A good idea for a family outing during the school holidays.

The Visiatome of Marcoule, the science museum is very oriented towards pedagogy, always presents temporary exhibitions of sympathy. It is still the case with the one that just opened this Saturday and will last until 4 November (i.e. during all the school holidays of all saints ‘ day) : “Amazing ants”.

Should this exhibition at the Espace des sciences in Rennes. Sixteen panels, clear, and well presented, and glass cases containing ants live allow you to collect numerous information on these small insects.

We learn that there are more than 12 000 species in the world. Some 230 are present in France. Their existence lasts for a few months, except for the queens, which can live 15 to 20 years. They appeared on the Earth for 130 million years and survived the dinosaurs. They work in groups, which range from a few individuals to thousands. But, contrary to popular belief, there are a number (up to 50 % !) that do nothing. Finally, they secrete antibiotics to clean up their nest and other chemicals to communicate. They can live in symbiosis with plants or fungi.

This exhibition, free of charge, provides an opportunity to learn more about the fascinating society of the ants. In addition, an interactive conference “What do you know about ants ?” will be moderated by David Auburn, author of the blog on Monday 29 October to 16 h.

The Visiatome is located next to the nuclear site of Marcoule, near Bagnols-sur-Cèze. During the holidays, it is open Monday to Friday from 10 h to 18 h, Saturday and Sunday from 14 h to 18 h.


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