Monday, June 19, 2006

Did you know...

That when rain is imminent - the ants build little walls to keep out the rain. I had always assumed that the little piles of dirt and tiny stones surrounding their doors into the ground were what they had hauled up out of the ground and discarded. Not so simple. Yesterday I noted that they had collected some tiny flower petals from a French Lilac and piled them up around their holes. Sort of a futile effort since they would easily wash away with a tiny bit of rain. But anyways.... I didn't know that ants invented the whole idea of sandbags or dams.... did you?
I bet bugs could teach us oodles. Too bad I am not entomologically inclined...

7 comments:

Carrie said...

This blog is very entertaining to me. Just yesterday at my parents house we were all saying things that happen when it rains. The funny part about this is that we came up with about 20 different things that are indicating rain is coming.
When I read back what I just wrote, it's not that funny! Sorry Liz.

elizabeth said...

No - it's good. Now...tell me what the 20 things were in 10 words or less...lol.

Funchilde said...

lmao. too cute. not sure i wanna know WHY you know this but er, cute nonetheless...

elizabeth said...

funchilde - loving the sign. Oh yes - I know this because I researched it. (Is that lame?)

WV - cfoqd (hmmm)

Anna said...

Now I feel guilty for all the times I have kicked those things up/down as a kick. Poor ants. I am an ass.

elizabeth said...

Don't worry - I did the same thing. I also used to stick a twig in their door and watched their failed attempts to go home. How mean is that?

Kat said...

It's ok Anna. I used to kick in those things too. And I'd make good and sure the ants inside couldn't get out and ofcourse the ones who'd already left the mound weren't getting back in. Oh well. To an ant we're probably just a really great challenge that allows them to continue to evolve and live for millions of more years until they make it to pluto to settle new life. Or then again, maybe not.