In our backyard, there is one certain spot on our limestone patio where tiny ants congregate in a huge mass. I've never really thought much about it, or observed them, really. That was until last week. Over the winter I purchased the Canon EFS 60 mm macro lens, which allows me to get very tight shots of very small things. I thought I'd try it out on the ants. I didn't really go into this trying to study them, I just wanted to get pictures. But after a while, it became evident what was going on.
Can you see what is going on here?
The ants looked as if they were all in direct hand to hand- or rather mandible to mandible combat. Every ant seemed to be locked up with another. Fascinating stuff. I wonder why they were doing this? I wonder what species of ant this is? Since taking these photos, I've paid more attention to the ants that I have found under rolled logs, and the diversity of species is quite fascinating.
Also- Megan and I are in South Carolina right now (for my cousin Amy's wedding), although as I'm writing this we haven't gotten there! I'm trying out blogger's auto post feature. I may drop in a few SC pictures here and there.