Video: Turtle Ants

Corrie Moreau is an Assistant Curator of Insects at The Field Museum and part of her research focuses on understanding the life history of turtle ants (Cephalotes varians). This species of ants is remarkable because of their dish-like heads that act as living doorways. In other words, large workers of turtle ants can use their heads to block the entrance of their nests and thus preventing intruders from coming in.

Romance of Ants Exhibit

A new public museum exhibit The Romance of Ants at the Field Museum features Assistant Curator, Corrie Moreau.  This exhibit tells the story of how Corrie went from playing with ants on the sidewalks of New Orleans as a child, to studying with E.O. Wilson at Harvard University, and eventually to joining the scientific staff at the Field Museum. 

Collections Resource Center

In 2005, the 186,000 square foot Collections Resource Center was opened as a new facility for the storage of the Museum’s vast collections.  This new state-of-the-art facility was built on site, located below ground level and just south of the Museum’s historic building. It united many of the Museum’s diverse collections in a single place to provide extra space for larger anthropological and geological items and spark-proof storage for our many zoological specimens that are stored in alcohol.

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