This would be a funny story, but, if you click on this first photo to see what is carrying this green leaf away, you'll see a "cutter ant" - the" scourge of the garden". In past years I've watched them eat five rosebushes in a matter of days. Now I have extensive gardens so I can't find them all the time. I just know when a bush or shrub is stripped of its leaves or blooms that the gosh darn cutter ants are around. SO, in order to get this photo for you, I was flat on the ground with the camera .........eye ball to eye ball with the ant. There were many of these guys but it only took this one photo to show what I'm up against. A little tiny creature carrying off something two or three times its size. The other day while I was sunbathing, I watched a bourganvilla bloom being carried across the patio. It was so big the ant kept falling over. I just watched in amazement.
I hate to admit it but I now have the ant poison out and I'm ready to do battle to protect the geraniums, kolanchoes, bourganvillas and daisies.........These photos are just from the patio outside my bedroom - a space about 14 x 14 feet.
I have a lot of work to do. Patrolling the garden is a time consuming task - (I'm being funny now). The butterflies and the humming birds bring pleasure and maybe they'll make me forget the "scourge of the garden". When the rains come, the ants go underground not to be seen again until next spring. Happy days.