Taking paper and ink to the field I attempted to collaborate with the insects I found there. Having had some positive past results with spider mites I hoped to find more of them, but found instead many ants and a jumping spider. After coaxing them onto a clean white piece of paper I followed their path with an ink loaded paintbrush, thus recording their movements but also engaging them in a sort of dance as they alternately evaded and investigated the relatively large paint brush (relative to an ant, at least).
This rather simple experiment suggests many possible directions and potentials for further exploration: bait, alternate marking materials, diverse collaboraters, etc. [Write Comment]