There have been a series of scurrilous rumours circulating around the internet suggesting that ANT FACT MONDAY will not be making its much anticipated return. Well let me scotch those rumours right now. That’s right, scotch ‘em. Wrap them in a (faux-)meat paste, smother them in breadcrumbs and whack them in the deep-fryer.
ACTUAL SCOTCH EGGS ACTUALLY PHOTOGRAPHED BY ME IN 2005 SOMEWHERE IN ENGLAND’S WEST.
Now let us proceed with vim and vigour since I am aware you are all time poor and I do not wish to contribute to your temporal poverty.
ANT FACT MONDAY
Ants have no lungs. They are small enough that the air which moves through them is enough to provide the oxygen they require.
Some kinds of ants can use the earth’s magnetic field to determine their location in relation to home.
Some species of ant can join up to form bridges over water. I have seen a documentary showing this process and it is fascinating.
There is a trail of ants who pass by my window every day during the daylight hours but not at night. Some ants in desert climates only travel at night, however, since the day is too hot for them.
No ants have ever come into my current house to forage for food, although a couple have come in the window by getting lost. I put them back onto the window sill and they carry on.
I’ve followed this trail of ants and it travels throughout my neighbourhood every day and goes away at night. It’s a long trail. I don’t know why they don’t come into the house.
Ants can tell their colony-mates by their distinct smell, but if an ant wanders off for too long it loses the smell. I don’t know what happens then, or if they can now join another colony because they are scentless.
Some indigenous groups in Northern Queensland have traditionally used the vitamin-rich green ant for medicinal purposes. I was once offered a green ant by an old lady so I could taste it. I didn’t want to kill the ant so she held it carefully and told me to lick it. I closed my eyes when I did so and ended up licking the old lady’s knuckle, which was weird. It tasted like a soft walnut. The ant tasted like a lime.
AND THUS ENDS TODAY’S FAIRLY ANECDOTAL ANT FACT MONDAY…
OR SHOULD THAT BE “ANT-ECDOTAL?”
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