Ants. Frustrating creatures when they’re INside your house. But OUTside, quite fascinating. I came across this little fella as the sun set a few evenings ago. I’m really loving taking close-up photos, if you haven’t noticed in my posts, lately. 🙂
Yesterday I was driving into town when, of all things unexpected, an ant fell from overhead onto my knee. I was on the interstate so of course, I had to maintain my composure. And anyway, it was just an ant. There have been a few times where out of nowhere a spider descended from the interior roof. Now that’s a scary moment because I hate spiders. And to have them hanging right in front of my face? It’s a constant fear.
But this ant, I brushed him off to the floor board. A few minutes later he reappeared on the door, near the window. My lucky chance! I rolled down the window and brushed him out and then it hit me. He’ll never see his ant family again. Now he’s all alone in the middle of a highway, miles and miles away from everything he knew. I mean, one mile to an ant has got to be like a thousand miles to a human. Or more! Can you imagine how that would feel? Knowing there’s really no possible way to get back to where you were?
Does he join up with other ants? How does he find them? Will they accept him and what will his job be? I imagine this happens often, so is there any kind of system ants have for new new arrivals? Maybe watching “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” will offer some insight.
“And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening.”
Substitute “people” with “black ants” and you have my story. Not nearly as poetic as this Simon and Garfunkle hit, but it’s actually the sound of silence that’s so captivating with these little critters. They appear when I least expect them. They’re not intrusive per se, it’s not like they’re out to wreck my plans. Actually they run away when I disturb their plans. With a recommendation, I brought home some Terro ant bait cartridges and within a day or so, the ants came out in droves. They were on these like a bee on honey.
So that picture isn’t great, but I put two baits near a window and they loooooved it. Now I’m waiting to see if they’ll die off. Fingers crossed!