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.

*Click on the pictures for a proper look … and click again

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.

© Mark BerkeryClick on those pictures for a closer lookand click again.



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  1. Jane Lurie said, on 01/12/2019 at 8:32 am

    Incredible detail, Mark. Those pincers…and the spider eyes. Amazing.

    • Mark said, on 04/12/2019 at 1:40 pm

      Indeed, a bit of luck they stand still on occasion.

  2. pflanzwas said, on 01/12/2019 at 6:12 am

    Wow, never saw an ant so close. Fascinating antennae and the mouth / teeth are amazing! Both, ant and spider, look very sympathetic to me :-) Yes, everything is in order. Thank you Mark for the pictures and your thoughts!

    • Mark said, on 04/12/2019 at 1:39 pm

      Thanks Almuth. When we look without prejudice they are all innocent.

  3. totallytales said, on 29/11/2019 at 7:10 pm

    Have never seen an ant this close!! Thanks !!

  4. Nil said, on 29/11/2019 at 4:29 am

    Great to see an ant in detail… and the little warrior… :-)

    • Mark said, on 04/12/2019 at 1:37 pm

      Indeed, takes its life into its hands every time it goes for a bite to eat.

      It’s a long time since we did anything like it.

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