"How does that work and why?" is the question that has occupied my mind ever since childhood. When at around nine years old, I found the small book Het Leven der Mieren
written by prof. dr. A. Raignier in the fifties. This combined with the various ant species in our garden opened up a world of unimagined complexity and diversity of these seemingly simple creatures. Hungry for more, in 1990 I bought The Ants
by Hölldobler & Wilson and the ant-fascination has stuck with me ever since.
With the rise of the Internet the antkeeping hobby has grown enormously and knowledge, materials and ants are now much more readily available. Even though I've only started keeping ants again a few years ago after a long hiatus, I've mainly focused on expanding my experience and academic insight. So now I get a lot of enjoyment out of thinking about improvements and assisting other antkeepers with tried-and-true knowledge.
However, I find the ever-present struggle with misinformation, amateurism and greed in the community unacceptable. This has led to the foundation of AntHeap
. Together with other experienced, skilled and motivated ant-enthusiasts we're trying to do something about these problems. A long and arduous path for which all assistance is welcome.
My list of kept ant species.