Ant scientists typically list a battery of technical reasons for why they chose to work on formicids- ecological dominance, social behavior, and so on- but ant science holds another advantage. Myrmecology is a lovely community of people, too. Here’s a shot from the Uganda Ant Course last month.

Myrmecologists Christian Peeters (France) and Corrie Moreau (USA) on the opening night of Ant Course 2012