Saturday, September 06, 2008

The March of the Ants

One of the ladies from the cleaning crew came running into the kitchen on Thursday and proclaimed: Dottore! ci sono formiche nello studio! First I love it when they call me "Dottore" and second the word "formiche" had a familiar ring to it. In response to my raised eyebrows she made a spray motion and sound and said: DDT!

Formiche - of course - ants. We have ants in the den. Well its not such a big problem and could wait until I could get to a hardware store. However that night as I sat writing yesterday's post I glanced down at the floor and saw half a peanut... and it was moving across the floor.



It must have fallen under the computer table while I has having crodino and nibbles in the afternoon - and by the time I caught it on this rather blurry video an army of ants had moved it a good five feet towards their nest. How exactly they were going to get it through the crack under the baseboard I'm not sure but given the team work they'd shown so far all things seem possible.

06 settembre - Sant'Umberto

7 comments:

SubtleKnife said...

It's a magic peanut!

The cleaning ladies probably think your nuts. I mean you're nuts... ;-)

Thanks for cheering up my day.

evilganome said...

Determined little rascals aren't they. How exciting to have someone pay that much attention to your nuts!

SubtleKnife said...

I like nuts, they give you something to play with when -

ahem, I mean, peanuts are nice...

Red Seven said...

That's utterly fascinating. And gross.

Sling said...

It's strangely fascinating,isn't it!

Willym said...

Sigh. Here I try and present a video essay on the power of team work and the strength of small creatures when they work together and what do I get - inference and innuendo. Sigh.

sageweb said...

Oh those italian ants are into nuts how fancy.