06 May 2006

Ants!!

Yesterday, in my wanders, I happened across a nest of carpenter ants. I'm particularly fond of this image of one ant in between two pieces of weathered wood:

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While most people believe carpenter ants eat wood, they actually only nest in the wood:

"The worker ant finds an entry route by gnawing a clean tunnel parallel to the wood grain wherever a crack or crevice exists. The wood is chewed and discarded outside the tunnel."
-- Backyard Bug Brigade (Environment Canada)

This tunnelling is what causes damage to houses and why carpenter ants are considered a pest. But, since I found this nest in some wood at the side of a path I happily snapped many photos; there are more on Flickr, tagged carpenterants.

Incidentally, in looking for info on carpenter ants I happened on this very creepy image of a tissue box infested with the critters. ::shudder::


tags: ants, entomology, photography.

1 comment:

Z├ęzette said...

That picture is icky, isn't it? I missed a similarly creepy photo opportuntity recently when we demolished a termite-infested cubby house in our backyard. Being white, the termites look kind of maggoty and soft. Urgh.