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Batten down the hatches, the ants are worried

By johnboy - 21 November 2008 33

Yesterday there was a normal sized ant mound in the driveway, this morning they’ve raised the ramparts significantly. This despite the clear blue skies we’re enjoying this morning.

The BOM forecast reckons 20% chance of late showers.

But the ants seem to think differently. I guess we’ll see.

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Batten down the hatches, the ants are worried
astrojax 1:06 pm 21 Nov 08

ant, you should know what’s going on here, no?? 😉

on the subject of [other, not you] ants, i have a nest of bullies moved in under (or next to) a ceramic pot with daphne in on the lawn by the front door – is anything to worry about? are ants generally a good bad or indifferent sign for a garden?

radonezh 12:47 pm 21 Nov 08

ant said :

However, the ants are on to something, because we are to get a cold snap tomorrow, we could see 15 cm of snow falling on the Snowies and possibly something for the brindies too. It’ll be very windy and bleak and miserable, however we’re not slated to get much precip down here.

What you call windy, bleak and miserable, I call refreshingly cool.

ant 11:21 am 21 Nov 08

Heh, Hugo got in with the spelling lame, you get moderated for that!

The ants have been unreliable in recent years, as the weather has changed. There were reports of them moving their eggs before this last system in central NSW, but they didn’t get the big falls.

However, the ants are on to something, because we are to get a cold snap tomorrow, we could see 15 cm of snow falling on the Snowies and possibly something for the brindies too. It’ll be very windy and bleak and miserable, however we’re not slated to get much precip down here.

Hugo 11:04 am 21 Nov 08

Memo to Johnboy from the pedantic old fart:

Surely you would prefer to get compliments to complement your exquisite prose?

Granny 10:56 am 21 Nov 08

Well, that is reassuring anyway!

poptop 10:45 am 21 Nov 08

Not unless they start moving their young to higher ground Granny. The walls will keep out ordinary rain.

Meat ants are the best – they also put quartz chips (if they can find them) over their nests if they think a fire is coming; something to do with reflecting some of the heat apparently.

Granny 10:30 am 21 Nov 08

I will be expecting the mother of all storms then!

; )

RAGD 10:30 am 21 Nov 08

Hmm interesting. Are you insured for flood damage?

toriness 10:26 am 21 Nov 08

the ants never lie

poptop 10:23 am 21 Nov 08

I won’t recaulk the ark until I see the ants taking their eggs to higher ground, but I will be packing my umbrella. Ants are far more accurate than the BOM.

johnboy 10:20 am 21 Nov 08

5cm tall, meat ants.

just 1cm tall yesterday.

Thumper 10:17 am 21 Nov 08

What do the runes say?

The rabbit entrails are just not quite working today…

RAGD 10:13 am 21 Nov 08

How about some perspective? How big is this anthill? in centimetres? inches? something to tell how big it is. What type of ants? bull ants? normal everyday garden variety type ants??

johnboy 9:48 am 21 Nov 08

Seeing as I don’t have a bulletin to make time on, or the gaps between advertising spaces to fill (what the publishing industry calls what you think of as news) we really don’t do what you think of as slow news days.

It’s there because I want it to be there. If the rest of the content is so compelling you’ve only just felt the need to comment on something that doesn’t interest you then I’ll take that as a complement.

fnaah 9:46 am 21 Nov 08

Slow news day – making mountains out of anthills?

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