Behind our house on the gravel I came across an ant determined to transport a dead fly back home. I followed it 15 feet, trying to get ahead of it while keeping it in macro focus. It is amazing how fast an ant can move when you are trying to keep up with it on your knees.
|Lifting it over the rocks and a "log"|
|Pushing it down the "highway"|
James Trager** tells me "The ant is taking home the fly as a protein meal for the younger members of her colony, the larvae. Your ant appears to be Formica biophilica, or a close relative. There are four species in Missouri that look rather like this."
* For our younger readers born after 1959, here is a refresher.
** We will be hearing more wisdom from James Trager at next month's MN meeting. A little overview of our Missouri ant ecology is here.