I liked the Ant Exhibit at the Field Museum and it reminded me of something I have been wondering about.
I dig graves with a backhoe in a cemetery and sometimes when we dig there is a pre-need granite marker on the grave that we have to remove. When we take it out there is often what looks like an ant farm, many ants running around franticly and they appear to me to be upset that we have exposed them.
There crawling out of the tunnels and into each other and some are hauling little white things.
My question is what happens to the ants when they are dug up, put on a truck and dumped in another grave? Do they reorganize with other ants and form a colony?
Glad you like the exhibit and thanks for visiting the website.
Regarding your questions I will address them below, but also suggest you check out AntBlog (http://www.antweb.org/antblog/).
Ants often build their homes under stones since the stones heat in the sun and make the nest warm. The white things you see the ants carrying are their brood or larvae. You can read more about this here.
Enjoy the ants!