The Ant Picnic (Myrejagten)

Ants are found all over the world, except Antarctica and are extensively studied. In Denmark we have about 60-70 species. Ants are among the first organisms that children become fascinated with. Most people are scarcely aware of the important ecosystem services ants provide and the effect a change in these systems may have.

Through the first citizen science project in Denmark, directly aimed at children, we hope to increase the appreciation of nature in the public. Furthermore, ants are considered highly sensitive to temperature changes. By studying ants in urban and natural habitats, we may be able to infer patterns of local adaptation and gain insight into the future diversity and distribution of ants under climate change.

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