This is by far the deepest carpenter ant colony that I have cast. It measures about 31" from the ground surface. Even though it's extremely deep most of the chambers
are concentrated at the bottom 7" of the cast, with one lone chamber
about 16" down the main tunnel, then a long tunnel
extending 17" further. Most of the carpenter ant colonies that I have cast have long, thin, fairly uniform chambers. This cast has extremely irregular shaped chambers which twist and turn in every direction and vary greatly in width. This loop structure
is another unique feature of this cast. Check out the video to see the making of this cast.
The cast is displayed on a wooden base upside down from its natural orientation. 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. The cast is secured to the base with a bolt. The bottom of the base has eight felt pads to protect the surface it is displayed on. A stainless steel plaque
is mounted on the base containing information on the cast.