There was this crazy story about a professor in Tallahassee pouring hot molten aluminum down ant hill holes so he could get these perfect castings of the elaborate subterranean ant colonies. When the hot metal cooled off he pulled this long thing out of the ground, that was so wild and fascinating and beautiful. It looked like some modern chandelier. All you need is a light bulb.
When asked about pouring hot metal on the poor ants, he shrugged it off in the name of science.
Take the time to watch this. It's called The Secret World Of Ants. It's a hot fierce mess.