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December 7, 2017
Time: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Farmers, Warriors, Builders
Opening December 8, 2017 (Members, supporters reception December 7)

Small yet abundant, with complex and wildly diverse lifestyles, ants are everywhere, living lives mostly hidden from our view. What if we could see into their world . . . on their level? What would we learn? What parallels could we draw between them and us? Now, with the aid of a macro lens and the insights of ant experts at the Virginia Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian Institution, SITES (Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibit Services) and the Smithsonian ’s National Museum of Natural History present the world of ants. Farmers, Warriors, Builders was one of NMNH's most popular exhibitions, and we are pleased to unveil the exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Natural History on *December 8, 2017.

*We will host a VMNH Members' preview reception on Thursday, December 7. If you are not yet a Member please consider joining for invitations to this and other special events.

Stunning macro photographs by renowned ant expert Dr. Mark Moffett tell incredible stories about the lives of ants—hunting, communicating, dealing with disease and agriculture—and chronicle the work of entomologists in the field. 

This exhibition was donated to the Virginia Museum of Natural History for educational purposes by the Smithsonian Institution at the end of its national tour in 2016. The original tour ran from 2011 to 2016.


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