Notes from underground

يارب يسوع المسيح ابن اللّه الحيّ إرحمني أنا الخاطئ

Considering ants

I’ve been getting a bit annoyed with ants lately. They’re all over our kitchen, and I’ve been applying various ant deterrents to try to chase them away.

But I noticed this lot carrying a piece of grated cheese across the kitchen counter, and tried to get a photo of them. The autofocus didn’t work too well at that distance, but I think you get the idea. Having carried the cheese grating across the horizontal surface, they were now proposing to get it up the vertical tiles, through the crack in the window, and outside. Ambitious, I would say.

Ants carrying grated cheese, and working out how to get it up the wall

Ants carrying grated cheese, and working out how to get it up the wall

The white stuff in the left of the picture is a special kind of chalk that is supposed to be an insect deterrent. The ants were undeterred.

And for ants, that piece of cheese must have looked like the stones the ancient Egyptians used to build the pyramids.


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3 thoughts on “Considering ants

  1. Hard workers, aren’t they?

  2. CherryPie on said:

    Ants are amazing creatures.

    But I I take a dim view of them when they invade my space.

    I tale for you now…

    My parents house used to be plagued by them during the season, especially in the kitchen where they could be seen swarming all over the floor. One day she had had enough and she started to talk to them and tell them to stay outside and if they did she would leave them alone.

    The stopped invading the kitchen…

  3. What happened? Did they eventually give up?

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