Posts Tagged ‘The Treehouse’

FireAnts Afloat

July 23, 2018

Back last year after the round of hurricanes, one news item that caught my eye was how displaced fire ants can form a living raft to survive the floodwaters.

Have you ever been stung by a fire ant? Imagine the horror of bobbing along in the floodwaters and seeing a living raft of fire ants coming your way.

Fortunately I have never been caught up in floodwaters, but last week I noticed that the cats seemed hungry even though the feeder in The Treehouse was half-full.

Here’s Bugsy in a shot from April this year so you can see the set-up. The feeder sits in a giant saucer with water in it to discourage bugs. The theory is that insect can’t get to the food because of the water barrier.

On this particular day when the cats seemed so hungry, yet the feeder wasn’t empty, I found that the feeder was full of fire ants even though the water barrier was intact.

Those clever opportunists had built a raft.