Dianna went down to the pool house to take a short nap and came back up fairly quickly. She said, "Well, that was a bust."
"Why, what's wrong?" I said, expecting a broken pipe or something.
"Army ants. They're taking over the pool house."
Well, that's always a cool thing to watch. This would mark the sixth time we've been invaded by army ants since we built this place. They come in for a couple of hours and leave, taking all sorts of vermin with them, leaving your house virtually bug free.
We traced them up into the garden where it soon became apparent that their target this time was the smaller biting ants. I don't know what type they are, not the red ants, not the crazy ants, just biters. There was a pitched battle going on by this one bush in the garden, and it looked like the army ants were winning.
We could see the smaller ants out in front,running away, carrying eggs. So at least a few would get away. It didn't look like the army ants were coming any closer (right now) to our main house, but we followed them back to the other side of the pool house to see where they were coming from.
That was fairly obvious right away. Over the fence from the field just north of our place. But there were even more of them heading back out the same way, and each of them was carrying eggs. Something told us that it wasn't their eggs they were carrying, but the smaller ants eggs.
So, we traced them back to our gumbo limbo tree in the patio that we have several orchids growing on. This was the site of the main battle, obviously (to us, not so much in the photos) Army ants were all over the orchids and fighting with the smaller ants.
|Gumbo Limbo With Orchid|
|Site of the Battle Royal|
|Army Ants On the March|
|Hauling Off Eggs and larve|
|Over the Fence|
The photo below shows Nelson, one of our two kitties, relaxing under a cool cover. It's a micro-fibre damp cloth that keeps the user cool for a couple hours at a time, till the water evaporates. He stayed under it for a good hour or so. It's a rough life, isn't it?
|Nelson, Enjoying the Cool|
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