Monthly Archives: July 2011

The Spider and the Ant

Dear All – having been weighing and counting ants on the Whistling Thorns for some research work related to my PhD. There are a few alates around – these are the winged reproductive forms of ants… Each colony produces many hundreds, even thousands of alates that take off into the sky as part of a […]

Dirt or Bug?

Dear All, while watching a trail of ants walking up the trunk of a tree I noticed a tiny piece of dirt moving among the ants. At first I thought that it was just a stray bit of bark blown in, but a closer look revealed that it was moving purposefully with the ants. It […]

Beautiful Bee-hawk!

Dear All Many greetings, just back in access to the internet after lots of travelling in the field. A couple of days ago as I was counting ants I noticed a blur zipping through the flowers around me. At first I thought that it was a bee. A closer look revealed that this was a […]