Monday, July 26, 2010

Day 207

ISO 320, 100mm, f/2.8, 1/80 sec.

Day 207 - Teamwork

This has been the year of the bug. I suspect it is partly due to our cold, wet springinter.

We've always enjoyed the company of ants. Always. Because of the dogs I won't put any poison down, but I have bought cinnamon by the truck load. House smells good, but it is only moderately effective. Our killing sprees have mostly been bleach, Formula 409 and other similar cleaning products.

This last week-end a rather large colony of black ants moved into a crack in the patio.

A new idea has sprung forth. We decided to offer the ants a piece of kibble or two if they promise to stay outside. I think it is a reasonable request.

At 4 am this morning we put 10 pieces of kibble down, some just inches away from the crack, some as far away as 2 ft. By 7 am all but three pieces of kibble had been moved to the crack and 10 am most of the kibble had been moved down into the crack.

I have to admit, it was fascinating watching them work together, I could actually see them move the kibble.

ISO 100, 102mm, f/9.0, 1/60 sec.

Daily Shoot: Today's theme is the color pink. Find something that's pink and make a creative photo.


  1. Great shots. Ants are amazing as long as they stay out of the house. Windex works good for us but they are relentless. Oddly, the last few years have not been too bad for us. I do not know what the secret is.

  2. wow!!! fascinating!!! can you try any of those ant bait things? there's a lot of them in there if they're moving a devouring food like that.

  3. Team work and determination. Fascinating how they don't get discouraged by the sheer size of the kibble. Nice job documenting this process.

  4. Great shots! We could certainly learn by watching these creatures!

  5. Awesome shots Terri! good luck with the ant control!

  6. The pink shot is perfect!

    And wow, on the ants. I mean I am not a fan of ants but that is a fabulous photo!

  7. Great shots of the ants! Love the pink clouds!!

  8. Excellent macro shot of your ants. Those little critters are unbelievably strong for how small they are.