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Helping the ants

July 26, 2012

We ate our picnic sandwiches
in the shade of a park’s tree,
and my daughters
were mesmerized by the ants.
They turned into amateur myrmecologists—
which I just lookedup online because
I didn’t know the name of
people who study ants and

I remember a chart showing how
the various species of insects far
outnumbers the numbers of species of
mammals and reptiles and fish and birds.
At our picnic, the insects certainly
outnumbered us mammals
as they went on their work
(or daily living as they themselves call it)

My daughters broke off crumbs of pretzels
and offered them to the ants,
which they pickedup and continuedon,
and we wondered if they were surprised
by this gift from above–
or if they simply took it in stride,
as if they knew in their
great numbers over us giants,
crumbs would fall their way.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 26, 2012 3:27 pm

    Ah…I see the ants have invaded several post. šŸ™‚ There’s some great National Geographic films on ants that they might enjoy.

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