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Old 05-23-2012, 12:52 PM   #1
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"This video by Marlin E. Rice shows a swarm of predatory ponerine ants searches the African savanna for their prey--termites. When they locate a colony, they bite and sting their victims, and then return to the nest with jaws loaded with dead prey"

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Whoa.... turn up your speakers for that!! Excellent music!!! I watched it twice it was so good. I know this isn't exactly on topic but I took these photos of ants I found moving their eggs to a different spot in a raised veggie bed I've got where I'm growing out some of last year's onions that I want to collect seed from. I sat there watching em move the eggs for about 15 minutes and ran inside to get my camera. If you know what to look for.... you'll see a few of them with eggs. I was really fascinated watching em move the eggs. It was a nice break for me.
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The ants were only about 3mm long. Sheesh... the eggs they were moving were bigger than them. They spaced themselves out at about 3/4" intervals and there was a steady stream of them moving eggs.
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Old 05-26-2012, 07:47 AM   #4
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The ants were only about 3mm long. Sheesh... the eggs they were moving were bigger than them. They spaced themselves out at about 3/4" intervals and there was a steady stream of them moving eggs.
I believe that the objects the ants were moving were pupae and not eggs; ant eggs are much smaller. Look at http://img3.photographersdirect.com/img/30611/wm/pd3186845.jpg - the small pale objects are eggs; the larger pale ones are pupae. Excellent observation nevertheless!
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I'm sure you're right!!! I'm looking at the photos and honestly can't see the difference between the pupae and eggs in the photo.
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There was a never ending stream of them coming from the northwest corner of the veggie bed over toward the center. I hadn't done any weeding in that bed and was sorta wondering why they were on the move. I still had fun watching them though. When it stops raining.... I'll go back out and see what they're doing today.
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