Nature's Place

Ant Days

Taking a breather on a hotter than usual day. One of the bigger ants that guard the train of smaller ones.

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Antennae curling in the heat perhaps … it only looks that way. But who’s to say, could be old age. Who’s to say …

Ant being ant, undaunted by its unending task, to live and work and die an ant. Robust little thing, no worries too.

Except maybe this little worrier, or is that warrior … Who also patrols the trains of ants. … Watch out ant, watch out spider.

On a huge power pole in the nearby bush ants can be seen travelling up and down in an almost endless procession.

There are different size ants, the larger the fewer, and it seems the big ones look out for the little ones.

Distinctly guard-like, keeping the tiny black jumping spiders at bay perhaps.

I have seen the spiders take a smaller ant from the train.

Nature, it looks messy but it’s all in order.

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Preying

Not a great position for preying from but nature contains every variable, known and unknown.

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Feast

Observing an assassin bug wandering the butterfly bush over a few days. … What a mighty stabber she’s got, the better to eat with no doubt.

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Eat what? What visits the flowers. … The honey bees have been enjoying the nectar bounty of the newly flowering bush the last few days.

And one thing follows the other. Nothing stays the same. … Slow moving bug captures the frantic paced bee. By watching, waiting, listening, sensing. … Something comes.

It always does. The flies came and joined the feast. The bee must have been leaking. … The carrion flies of the micro world always arrive to a fresh kill.

If this bug had lips she’d need to lick ’em. Must have been nice. … And then she went on her way.

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Emerald Nature

Biter

What big eyes you’ve got my dear …

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All the better to see in the shadows … and above and behind.

Rest a while before the next foray into the bloody realm … It’s a bloodbath out there.

An other kind of fly, horse fly I think. AKA march fly in Oz. Can have a painful bite if left to it, feeding on blood.

Though they also feed on nectar this one was intent on human. They don’t give up easy.

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