It takes a lot of hard work to keep the colony healthy and thriving but i realize that the colony and i are one. We are each other. What each of us does is done for all. (Unlike those ruthless, competitive, bipedal apes, we are 100% cooperative and act for all.)
So here i am, hauling another large bounty of meat for the colony to feast upon. Maybe now i will finally get the recognition that i deserve. Maybe now i will be the great worker-ant that all of the other ants will aspire to be like.
But first, i must get this great bounty to the anthill. While they are feasting, they will be thinking of me. Oh lucky me for finding this treasure of voluminous, wonderful meat!
P.S. — Don’t cringe! (I know that you bipedal apes are watching… and judging.) You bipedal apes eat hairy cattle and pigs and unquestioningly think and feel that it isn’t gross in the least. So don’t judge!
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they almost look like machines. nice!
Thanks, Michael! They are very mechantical! 🙂
Yes indeed, the ant speaks a deep truth 🙂
Yes, while people eat their roast beef and compete at the workplace. 🙂
capitalist dogs!! I’m not doing the latter but I am roasting occasionally. 🙂
I’ve been a vegetarian since around ’73.
Great picture. I have watched ants for years and find them and their behavior fascinating. But don’t tell anybody.
I’ve watched them (fondly) for decades and the neighbors see me crouched down a lot! 🙂
I’ll pass it on to the ant. 🙂
Good comparison, interesting how they work together and how we can learn from them.
Yes, Jane, we could have learned from them generations ago, but we (for the most part) didn’t.
I love it. We all need an ant mentality to work together…
Thanks, Francis! 🙂
We won’t learn from them and they’ll be here millions of years after we are long gone.
If only the wings weren’t so chewy!
Ha! Good one, Peter! 🙂
Don’t laugh too hard, Peter. Those raisins in your Raisin-Bran aren’t all raisins. 🙂
Well I won’t judge and your task is overwhelming since your prize/prey is many times bigger than you. I guess the cows are much bigger than us bi-pedal apes too, now that you mention it. You’re bringing home the equivalent of a freezer full of Omaha steaks for goodness sake!
All of this meat-hauling is because we intelligent ants realize that this winter is going to be a very severely cold one. Thanks for not judging! (And besides throwing peanuts, throw some fine bread crumbs now and then. We are cute in our own way too, you know.) 🙂
They are cute in their own way, and your photo’s a fine glimpse into their world. The food chain can be disconcerting to see, especially for people who haven’t really paid attention. As Annie Dillard says, it’s a rough world out there, and eat or be eaten is part of that world — but it all works together in the end.
Unlike us, these ants are not killers; they are just scavengers of dead carcasses.
When I came into the kitchen the other day I noticed that one of the upper cabinet doors was covered with ants!! There was nothing on the door, nothing inside the cabinet (including ants) or anywhere else in that area. My instinct was to wash them off with soap and water, but then I decided to just see what would happen. A few hours later they had all disappeared and I haven’t seen them since. That was interesting! As a vegetarian I appreciate their surviving on scavenged foods. We humans could learn from their cooperative behavior! 🙂