It rained during the night and this morning a troop of ants (hormigas) who had been living in a fissure alongside the stairway leading down from the parking lot decided it was time to move from the rain-soaked old home across the stairs to the other side of the stairway where some ant realtor had located a newer less soggy location. When I returned home from running some errands this morning I saw a continuous line of ants scurrying along the third step. What was fascinating was that many of the ants were carrying ant eggs to the new location.
The old home was on the north end of the stairs.
The move was risky as the ants with the eggs were exposed to any predators while crossing about twelve feet of concrete, so the little hormigas worked at a frenzied pace to get all of the eggs safely relocated. First three or four ants had to heft the oversized eggs along the vertical wall to the stair tread.
Then a bevy of ants rushed the exposed eggs along the stairway.
A closer looks shows three or four ants working in unison to transport the eggs.
More help was required as they started moving the eggs up the riser as they neared the end of the stairway.
Okay boys, almost home!
In about an hour the move was complete and several hundred hormigas (born and as yet unborn) were safely in their new dryer home.
Willie Nelson sang a song once with a line that said, “There’ve been days when it pleased me to be on my knees, following ants as they crawl across the ground.” Today was one of those days for me!
Oh, and meanwhile what was Bonnie doing while she was unattended for a few minutes?
She is balancing on a quarter inch window ledge and a one inch curtain rod, but the real question is, “How the heck did you get up there?”
Okay smarty pants… How are you going to get down?
Hormigas y gatitos are keeping me amused here where…
Life is good in Ecuador!