#033 - Aluminum Fire Ant Colony Casting

Large Picture - A very large metal fire ant colony cast.
Specifications

Ant Type: Fire Ants (
Solenopsis
genus)

Cast Number: #033
Created: 8/10/2013
Cast Weight: 20.8 lbs.

Cast Material: Aluminum
Cast Dimensions: 17"x13"x14" (HxWxL)

Base: Stained Wood Oval
Base Dimensions: 0.75"x11"x14" (HxWxL)

Mount: No mounting, cast sits on base
Orientation: Upside Down
Description
This is the largest cast I have made to date. You can see that it's bottom heavy which is why it needed to be mounted upside down from the natural orientation. The structure is pretty typical of the larger fire ant casts (although all are unique). There are mainly interconnected tunnels near the surface with pad-like chambers as you get deeper. Not much of the surface mound was captured in the cast, so most of what you see is the subsurface portion of the colony.
Base Description
The cast is displayed upside down from its natural orientation and sits on three round wood risers attached to an oval wood base. The base was purchased at a hobby store and stained with Watco Danish Oil Dark Walnut with no clear coat, giving it a nice natural look to the finish. There a three 1-1/8" round wood risers which support the cast in its proper orientation. There is no mounting between the cast and the base so the cast can be taken on and off the base for viewing. The bottom of the base has four felt pads to protect the surface it is displayed on. A stainless steel plaque is mounted on the base containing information about it.
Related Information
Casual Survey of Three Acres of Land Reveals 120 Fire Ant Colonies - I set out to see how many fire ant colonies I could find in an area of approximately three acres on a cold December day. I knew there would be many, but had no idea there would be this many.