Friday, June 14, 2013

The Extreme Work Ethic


A rapidly moving trail of ants signaled something big was happening.  Fortunately, the “big” event was happening outside, on the concrete by the pool.


Ants are amazing creatures.  They are industrious; they work together; they don’t pay taxes; and, they are relentless when it comes to food.


These are a series of photos taken when the source of food was picked clean. 



Can you see what it is?



17 comments:

  1. What was it that was so tempting to them?

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    1. Take a close look at the front teeth and the whiskers...what is it??

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    2. I think my eyes must be getting worse...without the clue I still wouldn't have been able to make it out.

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  2. Dear Susan, what was it that the ants were eating? And did the ants show in the photographs? I've noticed that some are now in my kitchen. One of the discoveries when I moved back to Missouri four years ago after ffity-five years of being away is that this southern state has so many more insects than Minnesota. The northern state has a lot of LARGE mosquitoes, but not nearly as many ants and spiders as here.

    I've been away from reading and commenting on blogs for three weeks, so I hope to get back to you again soon! I read between 65 and 70 blogs and if I do 14 or 15 a day it takes me five days to get through the list. It must be like that for all of us who take delight in following blogs. I hope your summer is going well. Peace.

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    1. Thanks, Dee. My summer is just beginning now that my gr-kids finished school, my daughter and husband are done teaching for many weeks.

      The mosquitoes of Minnesota, Canada, and Alaska are legendary. So very glad I never had to deal with them!

      Our ants, however, are quiet invaders. The ants from the above were busily scavenging for food off the head of the mystery mammal. Every scrap of tissue and skin was GONE. It was absolutely impressive.

      I'll wait for the end of the day to reveal the identity of the creature.

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    1. Yes! Pat wins the prize! I am not sure if it is a mouse head or a small rat head. The teeth are crazy amazing!!

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  4. They do clean up pretty well here too. And they are trying to invade our kitchen through the electrical outlets of all things. So far, we haven't had a mass invasion, just the scouts they seem to send out first to check things out. They are wonderful, but not in the house.

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    1. As long as the ants stay outside, I am also fine with them.

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  5. I guessed a rodent, too. I guess mouse whiskers are too crunchy.

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  6. The shots are so clear and gorgeous, but can't tell all the details with certainty. Ants sure are amazing creatures to watch, until they invade the house. :) Had that happen once ...

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  7. oh yuk. kudos to the ants, but yuk! I didn't know what it was until I scrolled up looking at answers. :)

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  8. Such industry. I wonder whether they would have preferred a nice piece of cake? I know I would.

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  9. Ewww. I mean, ewwww. My Husby was the director of the Fort Museum in Fort Macleod, Alberta for years. He needed a buffalo skull for a display. He got one from a meat packers and set it on a large ant hill. A month later, it was picked clean. And I do mean CLEAN. Hmm. I wonder if ants do windows . . .

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    1. P.S. And what, may I ask, happened to the rest of him . . .?

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  10. That looks like a mouse head to me.
    I used to have a similar work ethic, except I paid taxes, and it just wasn't appreciated, so now I sit at home and read a lot instead. Much more relaxing.

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  11. The ate a mouse head. Disgusting, but glad they are on the cleanup crew and not me.

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!