Eating ants?

This is a topic with a special thanks to goodhart. What is the best way to prepare and eat ants, or other insects and in what manner?

Posted by XOIIO 9 years ago



SS8550 D331 Transistor

Hi , Guys can you tell me if  2N2222 Transistor is equal ant to SS8550 . It's in an IR circuit . Thanks in advance :D

Posted by UsmanK14 2 years ago


search dropdown menu has code in it

When I go to https://www.instructables.com/tag/type-id/keyword-Maker/ and type something in the search thing the drop down menu has stuff like > >

Posted by bravoechonovember1 2 years ago


Ant Work, spectacular toy based on NASA experiment

This Blog Rules featured an article and some fantastic photos of a toy based on a NASA experiment with ants. It's the coolest looking ant farm I've ever seen.  http://www.thisblogrules.com/2009/11/ant-works-spectacular-nasa-experiment.html#

Posted by Culturespy 8 years ago



How can I feed ants? Answered

I know that ants have the instinct to bring all of the food they find to the Queen, so if I put ants in an ant farm-type-of-setting, will the ants even eat the food I give to them or will they not eat it and starve?  I know ants like sugary foods and dead bugs, but I need to feed them with a plant that I can grow. I am doing this for a Science Fair, and I am testing the effects of a chemical on a plant, which is in turn being fed to the ants. I need a plant that my ants will eat. Any ideas? And I have about three weeks to a month to grow this plant, and it is Winter, which makes it even harder, but I am planning on growing it inside. Any ideas on a plant to feed ants with? I am dealing with the large ants that live near my home in Gilbert, Arizona if that helps. There are two types of ants that I can tell and I am dealing with the big ones (if that makes any sense). They might be fire ants, but I have a hard time telling. The picture below is not one I took, it's from google, so it's not exact, but something like that. Thank you!

Asked by Technicolor 6 years ago


Keeping track of your ants...

This may well be the world's smallest tracking collar. From an article in Science News.

Posted by kelseymh 9 years ago


can i make a ant shocker transformer that shocks ants every 3 minutes in bowl with sugarwater?

I have a transformer step down from 250 to 100v... want to make a bowl of sugarwater for ants and then every 3 mintes or so i should shock all the ants that are drinking...poisen doesnt work..ants can smell it....grrr what should i do now.. thanks

Asked by stuckbullet 7 years ago



How to dye ants

I ran across this today and thought it was worth sharing. I hope I can find ants with transparent stomachs to try this with this summer. It would take a lot of ant wrangling, but getting them lined up as a color wheel would be the coolest thing ever (I'm fighting the urge to just photoshop it.) Short story is that a scientist fed ants different color syrup and you can see it through their abdomens, pretty sweet... http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2022765/The-ants-multi-coloured-abdomens-exactly-theyve-eating.html

Posted by Tomdf 5 years ago



Automatic Insect Painting/Gluing Device for Scientists? Answered

Scientists studying small insects need ways to assign a unique ID to each bug. Two of the most common methods they use are A) manually painting small color patterns onto the thorax (and sometimes head and abdomen) of the insect, and B) gluing a small tag(number, qr code, RFID chip) to the thorax. These techniques are very effective, but SUPER TIME CONSUMING. It can take a trained student about 5 minutes to paint each ant or bee (and they need to paint thousands). I want to help them out by decreasing the amount of man power needed to give a unique ID to each insect. My thoughts were to make a device where an insect could walk into a tube of designated size (exact bee space at the entrance of a bee hive for instance), have its presence sensed, maybe prevent it's forward or backward motion for a short while,  and have a device that attaches a tag or paints a unique pattern onto the insect. You can see some of my initial thoughts in the scanned picture below. HIGH RES HERE My question is about good places to start in building this contraption, or if anyone has good or simple . The thresholds are quite small for the insects (bees are maybe 1/8-1/4 inch wide), and we need to be exact where we attach the tag so as not to hurt the poor critters or alter their behavior. I am handy with an arduino and simple servos and can incorporate computer vision from an android phone into the mix with the ADK First elaborate or super cool response gets gifted a 3 month pro membership! (that lovely ant pic used as an example is by amazing photographer Alex Wild, the other is when you google "honeybee RFID")

Asked by blorgggg 6 years ago



Keeping Argentine ants out of a home?

Does anyone have firsthand experience at keeping Argentine ants out of a home? I've read several websites that all seem to give a laundry list of household substances one can use to keep them at bay, but nothing saying "I've tried this for Argentine ants, and it works". I've tried ant traps, which work for a little while, and I've tried pepper, which didn't really work at all. Ideally, I'd like to put something around doors and windows to keep them out, but if there are other methods, I'm open to those too. Any help is appreciated!

Asked by drknotter 7 years ago


Can you feed baby praingmantises ants.

Today I caught a baby prayingmantis and wasn't sure what to feed it.I looked on a bunch of websites but couldn't find a thing.when I gave up I saw an ant walk over to the mantis and it caught an ant.when it did It did I instantly remembers this website.well this is all I know.if I can do it you can do it to good luck.ps hears I'm only 11 but these facts are true.

Posted by Mia M 3 years ago


Ant Killer!

It seems every year we get ants in our kitchen. I don't know if its a seasonal thing or just coincidence.This time, however, we were able to effectively combat them with a home remedy. We mixed boric acid & sugar in water and set the concoction in a few little lids across the kitchen. We used roughly a 1:1:1 ratio, but it isn't an exact science. It's also not important if it doesn't dissolve completely.The idea behind this is that the boric acid will not kill the ants instentaneously. In fact, the sugar will lure ants to it. Also, this amount of boric acid isn't harmful, even to most pets. I don't have any pictures to do an instructable, so I thought I'd share it here. If someone else does this, feel free to do an instructable. (no credit needed)

Posted by zachninme 9 years ago


How can you reattach the ant. in cord to t.v if the ant.in broke?

Behind both the T.V and the DVD player the plugins (Ant. in.)antenna in. was the only cable connection needed to operate properly. But the plug in behind the T.V has broke so the little screw (plugin )that came out of the T.V . Can it be fixable? Can the wires be spliced or anything?

Asked by 8 years ago



How to I make an AM Antenna?

I was recently given a "Tuner" set up ( one of those boxes that you plug TV, DVD, speakers, CD, and VCR, into and has a built in FM /AM tuners)The Tuner has ports in the back to plug in wires for FM antenna and AM Antenna. ( 2 wire accepting ports per band ) How do I make antennas to plug in to the back of a radio tuner with just wires? Do I need to put in other components? What other components might I need, where do I find them, and how EXACTLY do I incorporate them?I tried to follow the Instructable https://www.instructables.com/id/Medium_Wave_AM_broadcast_band_resonant_loop_antenn/ I ran the two wires into the back of the Tuner instead of a "polyvaricon" (plastic insulated variable tuning capacitor) because the Instructable, as it is written, does not provide for plugging the Antenna into anything.I Used a 12ft length of CAT5 ethernet cable to create 8 loops of insulated wire as described in the Instructable but still can not get very good signal on local AM Stations that are less than 20 Miles away.

Asked by coretj 9 years ago


project questions

Could i make a mini terrarium with ants self sustain in this bottle?

Posted by corey_caffeine 9 years ago


Help please! Repairing trip-up!

Please Help!!! I need help to fix my telephone's mic! I have a telephone at home that was dropped many times and ultimately finished breaking something (e.i. the microphone) so while me being an aspirating electronic engineer (NOOB!) I tried to open up the phone and change the mic with a solution that I thought pretty smart; I learn some time ago that if you change the polarity of a speaker, you can use it as a mic so I naturally opened up the phone and to my surprise I find 2 freaking mics that look nothing like a speaker (or even a freaking mic for that matter) (Picture below). So I was asking myself... Can someone help me to change the mics in the phone with the speaker (Picture of the speaker below, any of the speakers are ok), by telling me about any changes that I have to do or any alert that this might not work (keep in to consideration the voltage, speaker type, and the polarity)... P.S. â€‹II was also thinking about changing the antenna because it's pretty weak!(Pics below). Any thoughts about that? And Thank You! Sincerely; Your hopefully future friend and companion: AntF

Posted by AntF 6 years ago


How do you determine the operating range of a antena?

I found an antenna and was just wondering.

Asked by oldscool 8 years ago


Safe removal of a ~30' HAM Radio Antenna

Hello all, I have a friend who has a 30 foot (approx) HAM Radio antenna mounted on his garage.  The pole base attaches to two brackets which are anchored to the exterior wall of a garage.  Near the top of the antenna, 3 cable anchors connect to brackets on the roof.  He wants it gone, and wants me to take it.  But, this must be planned out carefully.  The pole could be lowered 3 feet or so, so it makes contact with the ground.  It could be used as the fulcrum to lower this down into his backyard.  Power lines are not in proximity.  If several people were on the roof, could that point be used to lower the antenna gently to people on the ground?  My concern is that the construction looks aluminum. The pole is 2" steel pipe.  ButI cannot be certain on the actual antennd contruction or weight.  There are 3 or 4 small boxes mounted at various heights on the pole.  I can't image they weigh too much.  Can anoyone tell me what there are used for?  Occasionally, a red led will blink on the bottom of the case. I am excited to acquire components that one day may help me get my amateur license.  But I am concerned about how to safely do this, and will not attempt without a very clear plan.  I don't want it to end up being too heavy, and slingshotting the people on the roof (like something that would happen to red green).  I also need to insure his roof is not damaged.  I think the brackets will be left on, and the cable cut at the base.   Any knowledge is greatly appreciated!

Posted by huck alexander 6 years ago


DIY Small Scale Radar (like Google Soli)?

Anyone know how to build my own simple small scale radar for detecting ants on trees? e.g. @googleresearch #soli http://buff.ly/1IXhVKp I don't need super sophisticated processing or anything, but just would like a small radar system i can mount next to trees and monitor movements over an area.

Asked by blorgggg 2 years ago


Any tips and tricks for a paper round? Answered

Hi, I'm starting a paper round soon, any tips or tricks? NM

Asked by NatNoBrains 7 years ago


I can use a reg. ant. for my tv through my dig. convt. box to get clear channels?

I was stealing cable for a while until I applied for the police department and they told me to disconnect it.  Now I received a free digital converter box from my mother.  I stumbled upon www.instuctables.com while looking for "how to make an antenna".  Is it true you can receive clear reception for regular channels and possibly HD tv?

Asked by carrilloson 8 years ago





I need a different mag fo the inferno on kl does anybody have one.

The mag on the inferno needs stronger red rods. i dont have ant does anyone have a different mag that works for the inferno?

Asked by Knexwizard 9 years ago




How to make a good humming-bird feeder?

How do you make a humming bird feeder? What do you need to build it and where do you get it? How do you keep ants from getting in it?

Asked by crystal616 8 years ago


Robot Competitions?

I'm thinking about building a battlebot (ant/beetle weight)but I'm not sure if there are any competitions near me. I live near the San Francisco Bay area, if you know any competitions please tell me!!!  The date right now is June 16, 2012

Posted by Xthinker 6 years ago


Grape-Scented Purple Shoes!

Reebok seems to have found my purple shoes, and with some help from Kool-Aid upped the ante with Grape-scented purple shoes!Suggestions? Purple LED purple shoes? Purple shoes made from real grape skins?via NoahBrier.com

Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago


how can find longitude and latitude using omni antenna? how many antenna we need?

Can we find longitude and latitude of a mobile user in cellular network using Omni Antenna? if you can how many antenna we need?. or we need to use GPS services?

Asked by m2sharief 5 years ago


belkin tuncast universal fm transmitter - mine is different frm the ones shown unsure of solder point?

I cant really find the c 38 resistor the one im finding at the end of the red ant wire is the IR2j do i solder on the transmitter side? sorry cant get a pic on here yet

Asked by wildman29 9 years ago


computer problum?

 ok one of my computers ant working right when i boot it up, it goes through a few then it does a memory test it passes and then checks if the drives are working and then comes up with a warning thing "WARNING: The boot devices have been changed BBS boot priority will be affected.  please enter the setup to check" i dont know what this means so i came here AND IE and windows media player wont work on the computer

Asked by knexsuperbuilderfreak 8 years ago


pdfs for your ibles!

Hey there and since the pdfs dont work at all now im going to offer people pdf styles in microsoft word just tell me witch one you ant and i will make it ones im makeing: Z35 assualt rifle iacs circle ball machine iacs spiff pistol iacs striker pistol

Posted by knexsuperbuilderfreak 8 years ago


inset feed depth and width in microstrip patch antenna?

I am making an microstrip patch antenna for satellite navigation in L1, L5 and S band. Initially i have started with the design of inset feed microstrip patch antenna for L1 band and i have a problem in finding the width and depth of inset feed of microstrip line.

Asked by jerry.sra 2 years ago



Fantisyworld.com/...

Every time I google something, or yahoo something, (For example, Instructables, which I did) it redirects me to fantasyworld.com or something like, then when I click backspace, my ant-virus thing kicks in and tells me that the website will give me virus and trojans and what not, and gives me the option to leave the site. Has this been happening to anyone else?

Posted by Rock Soldier 9 years ago


It is safe to use treated lumber to build a compost box? Answered

I would like to build a compost box but I want this box to withstand termites, carpenter ants, rotting and weather. I am thinking about using treated lumber but I worry about preserving chemicals leaking to the compost pile and effecting the decomposition process of composting.

Asked by blkhawk 9 years ago


There is lot of ic's that can produce ultrasonic Freq. plus. Is it possible to catch the bounce back and trigger relay?

Is it possible to triggering  a relay by freq. shift or tone? Some of those ant-barking curcuits that use 555's is it possible that they could they be modified for proximity detector use? Could  transmitter  catch the signal or tone on the return  the echo bounce and trigger the relay. Also can some of those Max Bot's run directly to a relay and work? 

Asked by 8 years ago


19v to 12v without current drop?

I have laptop charger of 19V 3.42A(65W).i want to step down that 19v to 12v without any decrease in current.i need 12v 3.42+A  what is the simple way? can i use resistors to radius voltage without current drop? can i use LM7812C to get 12v 3.42+A there is ant way to get 12v 5A(65W)

Asked by vina1991 2 years ago


[newsletter] Kill Ants, Crush a Can, Make a Talkbox, and more!

Sign-up for our newsletter here. Apr. 17, 2008 Welcome back! We have lots of news for you today. New contest! RoboGames has partnered up for our Robot Contest. Show how to make a robot or just a part of it and win a trip to RoboGames 2009! Contest winners announced! See who won the April Fools Speed Contest! We had a blast at Yuri's Night with our Show & Tell. Check out our pictures from the event to see our booth and the awesome 4'x4' Lite-Brite! Check out these cool instructables! Horn From a Drinking Straw How to make a cool horn out of a drinking straw. A musical instrument is easier to make than you think. posted by shoemaker on Apr 8, 2008 How to Make Great Fresh Mozzarella Cheese There's a world of difference between the mozzarella you buy in the store and what you can make yourself, and it's well worth the effort. posted by mikemwa on Apr 6, 2008 Thermal test chamber for edge-of-space testing Before you send an autonomous glider up to about 100,000 feet, here's how to run some tests to make sure it can handle the conditions. posted by 3ricj on Apr 9, 2008 Electric Mountain Board Convert a mountain board into a battery-powered ride without damaging the board, then remove the system for standard riding. posted by Vurp on Apr 14, 2008 Kill household ants - Super cheaply On a budget? Got an ant problem? Do not fear, because Domesticated Man and his sidekick Handy Hand have the answer! posted by domesticatedman on Apr 14, 2008 Green Science Fair! April is Photo Month! Bake and decorate! Make A Talkbox Have you ever listened to Peter Frampton's guitar solos and asked yourself, "How can I do that?" Here's how. posted by MitchBCool on Apr 13, 2008 Canon Wired Remote Make a wired remote for your Canon Digital Rebel or similar digital cameras! Great for those slow shutter speeds. posted by videokid842 on Apr 12, 2008 Make Your Own Antique Medallion A quick and easy way to make a great-looking metallic badge from some aluminum foil, a glue gun, and a permanent marker. posted by KaptinScarlet on Apr 15, 2008 Two Dollar Laptop Stand At just two dollars this is the cheapest laptop stand we've seen yet. posted by proyZ on Apr 8, 2007 How to crush a can on your head Learn how to do this classic bar trick with any of those cans in your recycling bin. posted by suggsugg on Apr 3, 2008 Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago


table saw fence help?

Hello my fellow indestructible friends i brought a table saw this the first table saw i got and the fence is not completely strait it goes outwards by a couple of mm or more is this right many thanks for ant response here is the table saw http://www.screwfix.com/p/titan-ttb674tas-254mm-table-saw-230-240v/9486j  please tell me if its okay or if not how to fix thanks paul

Asked by paul the maker 1 year ago


ADNS 2620 Mouse Sensor and Lens?

MAIN QUESTION: What is a good simple way to hack together my own tiny lens that can go over a mouse sensor chip to allow it to focus about 10-20 cm away? I bought a bunch of these mouse sensors https://www.sparkfun.com/products/12907 (which are basically tiny cameras) right before I came down to panama I was hoping they could solve an ant-traffic monitoring problem I will be working on for the next few months. I basically need a really cheap device that I can point at part of a tree, and have it tell me whether or not an ant is walking by. Here’s a bigger description of the problem (with pictures!) http://andy.dorkfort.com/andy/digitalnatural/2014/05/30/intro-to-arboreal-ant-sensor-main-project-summer-2014/ (Main Pic http://andy.dorkfort.com/andy/digitalnatural/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2014/05/img_5388c64dc9c86.png) Anyway through some quick hacking (still don't have a resonator for it until next week), i managed to get the thing working. So after lots of messing around, i got the first steps to it working going on! Based off this: http://tim.cexx.org/?p=613 I modded an arduino sketch and a processing sketch to read the image, and display the image in processing: https://github.com/quitmeyer/AntSensorPrototype/tree/master/OpticalMouse%20Sensing Go into the examples folder and look for ADNScamera for the arduino, and the readmouseimage sketch for the corresponding one. Things are STILL way hacky. The guy from http://tim.cexx.org/?p=613 has a nice pinlayout and schematic, but I didn’t have an oscillator, so I just put at jumper wire between the osc in and out. I’m sure this is bad, but it actually functions and responds! I also don’t have a lens for it.

Asked by blorgggg 4 years ago