I’ve recently come to see ants as more than picnic pests, and maybe not so pesky at that. Let’s face it: if we leave sticky peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and cookies out for hours, it becomes fair game. (Don’t do this in bear country.) Ants are organized creatures, and I’ve done some research to back that up. According to some sources, they communicate about lots of issues, including foraging for sustenance, making war, and sex–not unlike some other beings I know.
What I haven’t been able to make sense of, though, is the formation I see most mornings lately in our house. I find a nickel-sized circle of them, so uniform it looks from a distance like a gray/black dot. The circle doesn’t move. They are pointed this way and that, so it’s not exactly like they’re getting ready for a round of “hokey pokey.” I am, however trying to figure out what it’s all about, so I went online. It’s definitely not the death spiral circle of madly racing and confused ants that results in suicide, a dreadful video of which I came across in my search.
No, this is a group that is clearly communicating. That’s the interesting part, in addition to the crop circle factor.
Will someone please tell me what it is that’s going on here? My husband suggested that DARPA is fielding robotic spy ants. Anyone have a better idea?