On Slave Raiders and Aphid Farmers

Ants in Styria


Opening: 17.09.2020, 7pm
Curated by: Herbert C. Wagner, Michael C. Niki Knopp, Wolfgang Paill, Ursula Stockinger

About the exhibition

With their enormous biomass ants occupy a key position in many Central European habitats. They are important predators, disseminators of plant seeds, as well as collaborative partners and hosts of other animal species.

Their fascinating diversity can be explored by means of a living ant colony, various models, preparations, and photographs. Ants vary not only in relation to size, colouring, and physical build; their behaviour is also pronouncedly differentiated – from war against other ants and the keeping of aphids, right up to slave raiding.


The examination of the in-house ant-collection serves as a basis for the exhibition, in which the distribution of the 100 Styrian ant-species is presented. Moreover, classification, ecology, and behaviour of native ants are described.


Natural History Museum

8010 Graz, Österreich
T +43-316/8017-9100


Opening Hours
Tue-Sun, public holidays 10am - 5pm

Guided tours
Sat, Sun, public holidays 2:30pm (ger). Times may vary. For specific dates, please visit our calendar. Guided tours also on advance notice.

Centre of Natural History
Weinzöttlstraße 16
8045 Graz, Österreich
T +43-316/8017-9000
Appointment upon request

Opening hours OHO!
Tues - Sat 10am - 12pm
Closed: 07.01.2020


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