Monday, January 27, 2014
The Procession of the Mexican Cutter Ants
So now, I just step over them and go into the house.
When I asked my son, whose first degree was as a wildlife biologist about this, here is what he told me.
"They don't eat the leaves. They carry them below ground once the earth becomes warm enough for them to do so. They use them to pad their nests in preparation for the rainy season." Okay, the rainy season is five months away, at least!
Then I started thinking of how slow they go. How many of them there are. How far a distance it is from plant to street. Yup, about five months to get it wherever it is underground seems about right.
I'm just amazed and fascinated by this annual pilgrimage. It's my way of waiting for the groundhog to come up to tell us if winter is over. Here it's the cutter ants. I think they know when the earth is going to start warming.
By the way, last night was the first time since December that I haven't had to turn on the heater all night.
Isn't it incredible that something so tiny knows what's going on? Knows what it has to do. AND, gets it done without complaining. Well, at least as far as I know, that is.
The other incredible thing to me is the fact that I have time to notice such things!