Through this window, the underside of the ant may be seen with the benefit of a correctly aimed light.
You can see that over the 33 years (so far) that the unit has taken a few knocks, and that the brass screws have corroded. The case protects the specimen from large human hands, while allowing safe inspection and also protecting the bulldog ant from harmful radiation and oxidation.
It is a kind of mausoleum that any human would be proud to call his final resting place.
You will need permission from Jameson Hunter to be able to reproduce it. In hindsight, it might have been better to use glass, which, when bonded remains clear on the edges.
That would then have created the problem of fixing the base.
The inside is matt blacked to prevent glare on the subject. If there is even an upgrade of this showcase, or another is made for different specimens, it would for sure include lithium ion batteries, LED lighting and solar panel capture of energy for automatic lighting at night.
On the right we see red and blue wires leading to and from the side mounted switch that is seen in a picture below. Please note that the photographs of the Bulldog Ant and display case are Copyright Bluebird Marine Systems Ltd, 2014.
The Bulldog ant was mounted on a length of titanium wire using superglue, with the wire fixed into a drilling in a base of clear polycarbonate.
The polycarbonate was drilled ready for fixing to a clear case that would be glued together.
The Bulldog ant (also known as the jack or jumper ant) above came all the way from Australia to be given to an inventor in Eastbourne. The case above is proof of that theory and is part of a display at Herstmonceux (working) Museum in Sussex, kindly loaned to us for this article.