Ant behaviour

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We are quite fascinated by ants and have been known to spend a bit of time watching them, particularly when we (deliberately) drop a large crumb and then watch to see how far the ant can carry it and how it deals with the various garden obstacles in its way.

Today David dropped a blob of marmalade on the paving and an ant spent some time collecting tiny bits of stone and building a little wall around the edge of it. Then it found a slightly bigger piece, placed it on top of the blob and wandered off. Apologies for the photo, I slightly overestimated my camera’s macro abilities, but you may just be able to see the wall the ant is building.

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We weren’t sure what the purpose of that was and will now never know – someone (naming no names) forgot it was there and trod on it. Poor ant – all that hard work for nothing.

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2 responses »

  1. Maybe the ant thought the blob had been sent from ant heaven by Formicida, the great ant goddess of sweet spreads. The ants probably think that if they build a shrine, more manna will come; a kind of ant cargo cult. On the other hand, if someone suggests the ant is smart enough to squeeze the blob into smaller, more manageable blobs, by building a little stone extruding device, I’m going to get worried.

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