This project seeks to bring attention to ants in an ecological context as their diversity and ecological roles are often overlooked.

Look through the gallery and find your spirit ant!

The gallery currently features 15 ant species common in the Southeastern United States. Most ant facts are from Dr. Eleanor’s Book of Common Ants and additional facts are from Dr. Magdalena Sorger‘s own experience.

Tweet about your ant using the hashtag #myspiritant and find more ant pictures at

We also created a teaching module for this activity – available at


NOTE: If the picture size in the gallery view is not sufficient for your screen, please use this link to view the gallery as a PDF.