How the design of an ant home can change the way the ant colonies behaves inside. We looked at how rock ants live in two artificial nests with different layouts, and found that the way ants spread out inside was affected by the nest's design. But, the space each ant stays in didn't change because of the nest's design, even though it did change based on how far they were from the entrance and the area where the young live. We learned that the features of ant nests can change how ants are arranged inside, and it's important to study how the nest's design can directly impact how ants organize, move, and communicate.
Visual tracking of multiple objects can speed up many types of research, especially when studying how groups of animals move, behave, or interact with each other. However, current tracking systems can be difficult to use, adapt, ensure accuracy, or apply to larger projects. After several rounds of designing and testing, we've created a new tracking system called ABCTracker. This system is easy to access and use, even for those with limited technical knowledge. It can easily adapt to new videos and provide accurate tracking data by combining automatic and semi-automatic tracking features.