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Old Jul 15, 2010, 1:31 PM   #21
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Best wishes Patty, hopefully things will be okay.

Some great shots here.
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Old Jul 15, 2010, 9:13 PM   #22
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I like it Harriet! our department switched to BMW's this year.
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Old Jul 16, 2010, 10:55 PM   #23
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The sensible mode of transportation in Sri Lanka. They are inexpensive (about US$ 0.25 a mile), naturally ventilated, no obstacle for traffic and usually comes with a very friendly driver In SL, they are know as 3-Wheelers. I've heard that in other parts of south Asia they are also referred to as "tuk-tuks" for the sound made by the motor.

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Old Jul 17, 2010, 11:43 PM   #24
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Nice shots everyone! I was trying to find something creative, but came up with this.
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Old Jul 18, 2010, 3:57 PM   #25
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Creative? Yes. Interesting picture? Yes. On topic? Yes. It's just that I really don't like ants!

What were they carrying?
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Old Jul 18, 2010, 9:27 PM   #26
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Im not sure but looked like egg sacks. As you can see the one on the right was already through the tunnel and turned around to watch the other one following, carrying quite the pay load. Relocating maybe? Im not sure .. The 'egg sacks' carried by the ant on the left were white and opaque however the ant on the right had some translucent looking 'egg sacks' sticking out of the tunnel. Im not 100% sure on this, the opaque ones were white and looked similar too and were about the size of tic tacs.

Why they were moving these I have no idea, only thing I could come up with is the egg sack /relocation theory.. The ant on the right is much larger, and I believe one of the defense type ants who guards the tunnel where as the worker on the left is expected to carry the heavy payloads.


Interesting stuff really, these lil buggers are intelligent!
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Old Jul 18, 2010, 9:33 PM   #27
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ok I did some research, and I believe I am correct..


"The mother creeps under a stone or wood to make the initial nest. When a chamber with a size permitting her to turn around is formed, the entrance is closed with soil. She then lays about one egg every day.

About 60 days after the eggs are laid, the initial worker is born. The body is black and very small due to lack of nutrition. However, it emerges from the cocoon vigorously and carries food.

An egg changes to a larva within about 25 days. The larva produces threads by itself after some 10 days to form a white cocoon. The larva casts off the skin inside the cocoon and turns into an ant-shaped pupa.

Sooner or later, the number of workers increases to around 10. The mother receives food from the workers and makes them take care of the larvae. As such, a mother that is accompanied by workers is called the Queen. (Mother=Queen=Female) "


I believe that just might be the queen on the right side of my photo.


Thought this was very cool!

heres a pic of another ant ( i did not take ) with egg sacks



sorry u dont like ants, they are a bit creepy at first but very amazing insects
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Old Jul 19, 2010, 12:09 AM   #28
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Interesting shot - I have often seen something similar in my own garden. I don't think that is the queen on the right, they don't (can't ?) move and, from what I've seen are considerably larger, maybe 5 - 10 times, than the workers.
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good to know, im kind of itchin to read more about them now
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Old Jul 20, 2010, 12:38 PM   #30
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First to Patty - all my prayers for your complete recovery, and for the kindest, gentlest medical staff.

Then, here's my submission to the contest - my usual mode of transportation these days:
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