Rhinebeck, New York
Sinterklaas Festival Day
Rhinebeck, New York
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The Ant’s Journey Scavenger Hunt

How many different kinds of ants can you find around Rhinebeck?

Our little Sinterklaas ant is trying to find her colony of Star Ants. Go along with her as she follows different pheromone trails and spy who she meets along the way.

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Historical Marker Sinterklaas Ant START

Historical Marker Sinterklaas Ant START

Historical Marker – On this Site Stood A lone ant on a quest to find her colony so she can help them as they work to bring peace and joy to all the children of the world.

Winter

Winter

Prenolepis imparis, commonly known as the winter ant, false honey ant, or false honeypot ant, is a species of ant in the genus Prenolepis. The species is found in North America, from Canada to Mexico, nesting deep within the ground.

Carpenter

Carpenter

Black carpenter ants live in colonies with workers and a queen. The queen is slightly bigger than the worker ants, with a larger thorax and wings, while most workers are wingless. They are about a half-inch (1.2 centimeters) long and completely black with yellowish hairs on the abdomen.

Depending on where black carpenter ants nest during the year determines whether they are seen as an interesting insect or a costly pest. Carpenter ants naturally nest in dead logs and wood in forests. They chew (but don’t eat) wood to build nest cavities and tunnels. This action helps in decomposition and breaking apart decaying logs.

Saharan Silver

Saharan Silver

The Saharan silver ant is a species of insect that lives in the Sahara Desert. It is the fastest of the world’s 12,000 known ant species, clocking a velocity of 855 millimetres per second.

Golden Weaver

Golden Weaver

The Golden weaver ant is a species from Southeast Asia, and although they are not considered as true weaver ants, like the genus Oecophylla, they actually do weave their nest, using larval silk and all kinds of organic material. Nesting habits seem to be identical throughout the range. P. dives is found in open woodlands and swampy coastal plains, where it builds a characteristic carton structure on the lower branches of trees and shrubs, joining the foliage and twigs with silk to form the nest (Kohout 1988).

Leaf Cutter

Leaf Cutter

Leafcutter ants, a non-generic name, are any of 47 species of leaf-chewing ants. Leafcutter ants can carry twenty times their body weight[3] and cut and process fresh vegetation (leaves, flowers, and grasses) to serve as the nutritional substrate for their fungal cultivates. Endemic to South and Central America, Mexico, and parts of the southern United States.

Pavement

Pavement

Tetramorium immigrans—also known as the immigrant pavement ant, pavement ant, and the sugar ant in parts of North America—is an ant native to Europe, which also occurs as an introduced pest in North America. Its common name comes from the fact that colonies in North America usually make their nests under pavement.

Cocktail

Cocktail

Crematogaster peringueyi is a southern African arboreal species of ant. They are commonly known as the black cocktail ant or swartwipgatmier for their colour and habit of arching their abdomens when alarmed.

Red Velvet

Red Velvet

Dasymutilla occidentalis is a species of parasitoid wasp native to the eastern United States. It is commonly mistaken for a member of the true ant family, as the female is wingless. The species ranges from Connecticut to Kansas in the north and Florida to Texas in the south.

Thief

Thief

Solenopsis molesta is the best known species of Solenopsis thief ants. They get their names from their habit of nesting close to other ant nests, from which they steal food. They are also called grease ants because they are attracted to grease.

Pharaoh

Pharaoh

The pharaoh ant is a small yellow or light brown, almost transparent ant notorious for being a major indoor nuisance pest, especially in hospitals.

Yellow Meadow

Yellow Meadow

The yellow meadow ant, also known as the yellow hill ant, is a species of ant occurring in Europe, Asia, and North Africa. The species lives primarily underground in meadows and very commonly, lawns. The nests are often completely overgrown by grass, however, often their presence is betrayed by small mounds of loose soil material between the grass stalks.

Sugar

Sugar

The banded sugar ant (Camponotus consobrinus), also known as the sugar ant, is a species of ant native to Australia. Its common name refers to the ant’s liking for sugar and sweet food, as well as the distinctive orange-brown band that wraps around its gaster.

Dinosaur

Dinosaur

Nothomyrmecia, also known as the dinosaur ant or dawn ant, is an extremely rare genus of ants consisting of a single species, Nothomyrmecia macrops. These ants live in South Australia, nesting in old-growth mallee woodland and Eucalyptus woodland. Owing to its body structure, Nothomyrmecia is regarded to be the most plesiomorphic ant alive and a ‘living fossil’, stimulating studies on its morphology, behaviour, ecology, and chromosomes

Electric

Electric

The little fire ant, also known as the electric ant, is a small, light to golden brown social ant native to Central and South America, now spread to parts of Africa, Taiwan, North America, Puerto Rico, Israel, Cuba, and six Pacific Island groups plus north-eastern Australia. The name, electric ant (or little fire ant), derives from the ant’s painful sting relative to its size.

Acrobat

Acrobat

The ant Crematogaster ashmeadi (Emery) is commonly known as an acrobat ant. There are perhaps 10 species of Crematogaster in Florida, and Crematogaster ashmeadi is commonly found throughout the state (Deyrup, personal communication). Members of this genus are referred to as acrobat ants because of the flexible way that a worker holds its abdomen (gaster) up over the rest of its body.

Calomyrmex

Calomyrmex

Calomyrmex are spectacularly coloured, iridescent ants (often blue, purple or green) that are found throughout Australia as well as in Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. In Greek, calo as a prefix means ‘beauty’ and myrmex means ‘ant’.

Fire

Fire

Fire ants are several species of ants in the genus Solenopsis, which includes over 200 species. Solenopsis are stinging ants, and most of their common names reflect this, for example, ginger ants and tropical fire ants.

Harvester

Harvester

Harvester ant, also known as harvesting ant, is a common name for any of the species or genera of ants that collect seeds (called seed predation), or mushrooms as in the case of Euprenolepis procera, which are stored in the nest in communal chambers called granaries.[1] They are also referred to as agricultural ants. Harvester ants increase seed dispersal and protection, and provide nutrients that increase seedling survival of the desert plants. In addition, ants provide soil aeration through the creation of galleries and chambers, mix deep and upper layers of soil, and incorporate organic refuse into the soil.

Ghost

Ghost

Tapinoma melanocephalum is a species of ant that goes by the common name ghost ant. They are recognised by their dark head and pale or translucent legs and gaster. This colouring makes this tiny ant seem even smaller. If they drink something colored, their gaster will turn that color.

Black

Black

The black garden ant (Lasius niger), also known as the common black ant, is a formicine ant, the type species of the subgenus Lasius, which is found across Europe and in some parts of North America, South America, Asia and Australasia.

Star Colony

Star Colony

The Sinterklaas Star Ant finds her colony of Star Ants.

Child END

Child END

Stars for the children. As we honor them, our star ants honor our children.

BONUS! Can you find these ants around town?

Stargazing

Stargazing

Pool

Pool

Books/Writing

Books/Writing

Sweets

Sweets

Ant Snowman

Ant Snowman

Opera Singer

Opera Singer

Swan

Swan

Maypole

Maypole

Picnic

Picnic

Church

Church

Santa

Santa

Performing Arts - Theatre

Performing Arts – Theatre

Performing Arts - Concert

Performing Arts – Concert

Performing Arts - Film

Performing Arts – Film

Fashion

Fashion

Orchestra

Orchestra

Flying

Flying

 Motorbike

Motorbike

Fashion 2

Fashion 2

All artwork on this page was created by Jennifer Breslin, a science, tech and innovation policy and education expert with a penchant for creating decorative arts and magical experiences in her spare time. 

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Feed A Family

Our stars feed both the soul and the body!

Scavenger Hunt

Help the and find her colony!

Parking Spot Raffle

We all know how hard it is to park on Sinterklaas Day. Here is a chance to win your very own parking spot for December 2nd — all day and evening.

With Gratitude

This project is made possible, in part, through funding from Dutchess Tourism, Inc. and administered by Arts Mid-Hudson.

It's A Great Show!

Sinterklaas brings over 350 musicians, actors, magicians and other magical performers to town to entertain you!