On February 2nd, 2017 the Tsutsui lab was invited to present at Exploratorium’s After Dark event titled “Sending Signals” where researchers were invited to talk about all things “signal” related from how humans hear, how insects communicate via sound, chemicals, and auditory cues, to how bots can be programmed to communicate with each other and cooperate to complete a task. The Tsutsui lab brought some live Argentine Ants over from two separate super colonies to demonstrate and talk about how ants can communicate very complex messages to each other using chemical cues produced from their bodies. I joined their table to talk about how spiders can also use chemical cues to not only communicate with one another, but to use it to their advantage and exploit their prey’s chemical communication pathway for an easy meal.

Photo credit: Backyard Biodiversity