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11 November 2002 @ 11:46 am
Ever since the rains started, I've going to take a shower in the mornings and finding the tub *coated* with ants. Hundreds and hundreds of mostly dead ants.

I assumed that they were dying because they were coming in from one of the areas I had previously sprayed with ant poison, and that the handful of living were just survivors striving to bury the dead (shades of Kenshin!), since they often were carrying a dead one.


But I can't find a trail, and if they were just dying from poison, I'd expect them to be scattered elsewhere in the bathroom and piled up near the cracks in the wall that were sprayed. Instead they are all in the tub. So I'm wondering if they were already dead, that the local ant colony is clearing out the drowned dead from the flooding and has picked my tub for the dead ant kip.
Son of the Shining Path, the Clouded Mindtorquemada on November 11th, 2002 11:47 am (UTC)
Ants don't... bury their dead.
Lauratavella on November 11th, 2002 11:48 am (UTC)
Well, no, but they clear them out of the colony and pick one place to dump the dead in, no? I seem to recall this from reading ant biology articles.
I'd forgotten how often we saw Magrittecolubra on November 11th, 2002 11:56 am (UTC)
The Seventh Seal ()
Depends on the species, I think. I know atta cephalotes does this; however, others don't harvest chunks of leaves to feed the fungus they farm in the hill and instead find a use for uhm organic products that aren't being used anymore by the particular member of their species.
I don't THINK there are species that indulge in cannibalism regularly, but I may well be mistaken: I've never been much of an ant enthusiast.
Jen Davis-Wilsonjendaviswilson on November 11th, 2002 12:10 pm (UTC)
Re: The Seventh Seal ()
I once killed a whole trail of ants crawling across the bedroom floor with Windex, and then left them there to dry before sweeping them up. When I came back later, they were ALL GONE. Freaky.
Son of the Shining Path, the Clouded Mindtorquemada on November 11th, 2002 12:19 pm (UTC)
I was under the impression that they ate them.
Lurrelchibi_lurrel on November 11th, 2002 05:24 pm (UTC)
ha! i know nothing about ants but i comment anyway!
your cat ctthulhu is terrifying
Lauratavella on November 12th, 2002 08:36 am (UTC)
Re: ha! i know nothing about ants but i comment anyway!
It's even creepier in full size, where you can really get the furry texture of its waving tentacles...
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Lauratavella on November 12th, 2002 08:37 am (UTC)
I don't remember where I came across the original picture, possibly fark.com, but I saw it and knew I had to have an icon. Cute little kitten with WAVING TENTACLES!