Monday, August 2, 2021

Ant Colony 308D


Ant Colony Story, first published in January, now re-posted since I am off seeing my two-year old grandson. Haven't seen him for a year and a half.

Recent floods, smoke and fire and the installation of artificial turf had forced Ant Colony 307B to relocate at a far corner of an artichoke field. The ant army acted as a unit to move every member from the arterial twists and turns of the now drenched network of their former home.

Moving the queen ant with her arsenal of ant larvae and drones had proved to be most interesting. Trudging through soggy tunnels had revealed an unknown treasure of collected artwork. Minute paint chips, grains of paprika, and tiny shreds of colored paper lined walls of the queen’s chamber.

The real treasure remained were left behind as the tunnels collapsed. Just how extensive is an ant colony/hill? And, where did the Queen make it out safely?



My son is an entomologist and confirmed that
red ants are vicious.
 Watch this video. This is a repost from 2014. Red ants have started to emerge, with high temperatures and dry air. Source:All the ants will die in this video. Good thing, too.
 

22 comments:

  1. While i am not a fan of ant bites, and don't want them in my house (or the bitey ones in my yard), i do like ants as nature's vacuum cleaners!

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    1. Nature's vacuum! Good title for them. We just had some, but we too action. Taught them a lesson.

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  2. enjoyed the story of course, and the video is interesting. They sure make a many roomed hotel that is for danged sure.
    Enjoy yourself (Grandmas' are so silly)
    Love from NC
    Sherry & jack just hanging out.

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    1. Sherry and I might form a "Silly Grandma" club.

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  3. It's an aluminium ant hill Christmas Tree! I like it.
    We don't have the fire ants here in my state, they have appeared in Queensland and a few travel south via fruit and veg trucks, but so far as I know they haven't set up home here yet. I hope they don't.

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    1. We now have 100+F and 0 rain here in S. CA.

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  4. We used to get ants on a regular basis in our kitchen but they have been absent for years now.

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    1. We get ants when it is hot and dry (really hot). How did you avoid them?!

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  5. I hope you had a good time with your grandson. I am also not a fan of ants.

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  6. I find ant hills in the yard once and while but none this year so far. I would hate to come across a fire ant hill! Makes an interesting art form though! Enjoy your Grandson!

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    1. We took our 3 kids camping in the mountains. As we got ready for bed, we learned that we had set up tents on two hills.

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  7. Wow, that's cool and scary at the same time.

    Teresa

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  8. We didn't have red ants where I grew up, so the first time I stepped in grass barefoot in Florida, and got bit by red ants, I never, never forgot it. They are vicious little buggers (haha literally and figuratively speaking).

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  9. They are vicious little buggers!

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  10. Oh, ant Christmas Tree, oh ant Christmas Tree....we've been fighting ants in our house all summer. This ant hill somehow made me feel a bit unsettled. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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    1. Never have seen aluminum Christmas trees before.

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