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Ant colony living in a scanner for five years: time lapse video

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François Vautier installed a nest of ants into his flatbed scanner, scanning the internals once a week for five years as the colony proceeded to take over.

Ant scanner
Ant scanner

Ant colonies are amazing, beautiful, complicated things. Flatbed scanners, on the other hand, well, they're basically the opposite of all that. Five years ago, François Vautier "installed" an ant colony inside an old scanner he had, and let the ants do their thing. Once a week, for five years, he scanned the proceedings, and watched as the ants' nest invaded, and essentially ate the internals of the scanner itself. The resulting video is short and amazing.