The ants are coming – or is that going..?

astrojax 22 December 2008 28

Yesterday early evening, out picking apricots from our tree by the driveway, i noticed a flurry of movement by a couple of ants nests beside our front path and, on closer examination, saw a mutlitude of winged bullants scurrying about and then taking flight – it was all over in minutes, some several hundred of these little beasties must have gone off into the sunset (yes, they did indeed head towards the west, agains the prevailing wind), so if you live west of dickson: look out!

anyone else notice the ants on the move yesterday, or have any explanation for a biology-deficient rioter as to this behaviour?  will my nests now be a little less frenetic?   (sorry i don’t have pics – the things just zoomed – and i was too rapt!)


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astrojax astrojax 3:18 pm 27 Dec 08

thanks mulder. btw, while you were ant watching, aliens ate your lunch…

Pesty Pesty 6:48 am 24 Dec 08

I spent half my evening reasuring folk they didn’t need to spend their Christmas money on emergency pest control! Ants in most caes are benefitial insects, only when they get into our homes or wreck our paving are they pests.

S.A. Mulder S.A. Mulder 9:03 pm 23 Dec 08

I’ve been investigating the abnormal movement of ants in the Canberra region and your incident is one in a string of animal movement abnormalities that I’ve been tracking from Western Australia. I’ll continue investigating and I’ll see if anything turns up.

SheepGroper SheepGroper 8:17 pm 23 Dec 08

WIN had a crawl along the bottom of the screen about a severe storm warning for Woden and Weston Creek for a second, then the program was interrupted by an ad break.

peterh peterh 1:07 pm 23 Dec 08

ant said :

Depending on what happens for the rest of the day, there might be some more storm-action this arvo when the trough line moves through. Depends on air moisture levels, and warming.

I am certain someone said that on weatherzone forum….

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 12:57 pm 23 Dec 08

I know, I know Peter – glad it’s not just me *still shaking head in disbelief*

peterh peterh 12:24 pm 23 Dec 08

tylersmayhem said :

I was reading one of my wifes mags the other day (out of sheer boredom), and I saw a picture of what must have been the biggest insect I had ever seen. I couldn’t tell if is was a massive wasp, or perhaps a Praying Mantis. I showed my wife and she gave me a really weird look, and I said “what”?!

She said, “that’s Victoria Beckham”

easy mistake to make…

Granny Granny 10:59 am 23 Dec 08

It’s not how hot the insect is, Skid, it’s how many friends the insect has.

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 10:52 am 23 Dec 08

If you put a wig on it, would it look better than Delta Goodrem?

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 10:49 am 23 Dec 08

I was reading one of my wifes mags the other day (out of sheer boredom), and I saw a picture of what must have been the biggest insect I had ever seen. I couldn’t tell if is was a massive wasp, or perhaps a Praying Mantis. I showed my wife and she gave me a really weird look, and I said “what”?!

She said, “that’s Victoria Beckham”

Granny Granny 10:20 am 23 Dec 08

I want a picture – with scale!

peterh peterh 10:09 am 23 Dec 08

BerraBoy68 said :

I am (amazingly forthis time of year,I know) being serious. I flicked this sucker off the car but wish I’d kept it. My son is getting an Ant Farm for Xmas and this one ant would have filled the sucker.

kambah seems to have heaps of the buggers. the lurking sparrows are cleaning them up, but only whilst they aren’t stuffed and bloated.

BerraBoy68 BerraBoy68 9:23 am 23 Dec 08

I am (amazingly forthis time of year,I know) being serious. I flicked this sucker off the car but wish I’d kept it. My son is getting an Ant Farm for Xmas and this one ant would have filled the sucker.

Granny Granny 9:20 am 23 Dec 08

The gullible ingenue who is an idiot in me says, “Wow! That’s amazing! You may have even discovered a new mutant species,” and the bitter and crusty skeptic wannabe says, “Do you have photographic evidence for this, BerraBoy68, ’cause I sure might look silly for believing you!”

BerraBoy68 BerraBoy68 9:11 am 23 Dec 08

Speaking of ants, I think I saw their leader the other night.

Getting back in the car after looking at Xmas lights on Sunday night, my son says, “what’s that on the car”. I take a look thinking it’s just a leaf and was staggered to see it was an ant about 3-4cm’s long, black and thick as my litle finger. It was much bigger than a bullant and it wasn’t a fire-ant. Biggest sucker I’ve ever seen.

ant ant 9:09 am 23 Dec 08

Depending on what happens for the rest of the day, there might be some more storm-action this arvo when the trough line moves through. Depends on air moisture levels, and warming.

peterh peterh 9:06 am 23 Dec 08

Madman said :

Well it’s raining today so that would kind of explain it!

fairly certain that any winged or otherwise large ants did not enjoy the downpour. shame that the lightning was obscured by the heavy rain, will have to set the tripod up for some shots next storm….

Granny Granny 8:54 am 23 Dec 08

Now what am I going to wear to my daughter’s 26th birthday instead of that cute little blue dress??

Damn you, ants!! Damn you all!

Madman Madman 8:52 am 23 Dec 08

Well it’s raining today so that would kind of explain it!

BerraBoy68 BerraBoy68 8:32 am 23 Dec 08

bigfeet said :

Obviously the ants are taking more of an interest in what is going on around than you have:

There’s no point in acting all surprised about it. All the planning charts and demolition orders have been on display in your local planning department in Alpha Centauri for fifty of your Earth years, so you’ve had plenty of time to lodge any formal complaint and it’s far too late to start making a fuss about it now.

ROFLAO!

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