Cast #066 - Aluminum Aphaenogaster treatae Ant Colony Casting

Aluminum Aphaenogaster treatae Ant Colony Cast #066 - Front Picture.
Ant Type: Aphaenogaster treatae

Cast Number: #066
Created: 6/27/2014
Cast Weight: 2 lb

Cast Material: Aluminum
Cast Dimensions: 6.5"x7"x8" (HxWxL)

Base: Round, 6" diameter, 0.75" thick
Base Wood: Walnut

Mount: Bolt through base and cast
Orientation: Upside Down
This is the first cast from this species of ant, which is an ant that I was not familiar with and have only recently identified on my property. Like most of the other non-fireant colonies I have encountered, these ants typically have a single colony entrance tunnel leading to several large chambers deeper in the ground. As I have come to expect when casting the colonies of new ant types, the colony structure is totally different than any of the other colonies that I have cast. Near the ground surface, there are several lobe shaped chambers stacked on top each other like the floors of a building and connected by a thin tunnel. The tunnel then extends deeper into the largest chamber, which resembles a large lily pad in this upside down orientation. The largest chamber is 5.5" at its widest and around 3/8" in height on average. The tunnel diameter is also around 3/8" on average. There are some dirt specs and discolorations on this cast but I really like the way it turned out.
Base Description
This cast is mounted upside down from its natural orientation with a single bolt that passes through the base and the cast. For most of the casts, I purchase a precut base and stain it myself, but for this cast I purchased a walnut base that was already finished, so it is of a higher quality compared to my other bases. Although, there may be a few dings on the base from the mounting process. The stainless steel plaque on this cast is slightly different than the others, since I had to fit the long genus/species name on the plauqe which required an extra line of text.