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Equilibrium 12-22-2009 12:35 AM

Optimistic Ants
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My girlfriend sent this photo to me. It's a hoot. This is her description of what she saw, "These optimistic little guys were trying to raise a four and a half inch lizard up the vertical face of one of the steps from the covered patio down to the pool deck. I never got a chance to go back out and see if they ever succeeded. The guys at the tail end were clearly having more success than the guys on the the body end."

MrILoveTheAnts 12-22-2009 01:11 AM

They actually look like Tapinoma sessile (The odorous house ant) and as it turns out they nest opportunistically. Colonies move, merge, and divide as needed; often nesting in tall grasses or hollow cavities in wood.

If they didn't get it up the wall then they likely ate the pieces that rotted away first.

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