While I was walking through the park this last weekend I noticed some huge leaf parcels on a couple of trees. Surprised I asked my husband if he knew what they were and I was more surprised that he did. He told me that they were ants nests, he showed me the ants climbing up the tree right up to the top.
After coming home I did a bit of Googling and figured out that these are weaver ants, They work in teams to build the nest. They tug and bend leaves in one direction and paste them with a white glue like substance called silk. This requires a lot of energy for those tiny beings and they do it together. When then leaves are too far apart and cannot be brought together easily, these ants hang on to each other and form a chain which is then involved in tugging the leaf/leaves closer together to form the nest.
These nests are the size of a baseball. They are elliptical in shape. I can see four hear in this picture but I think I saw at least about 7-8 nests on the same tree.
I wonder if ants can work as a team and do such amazing work, how much more can we achieve as a team or a community.
Have you seen ants nests before?
Have you ever wondered how such tiny creatures can make such strong homes for themselves?
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They are very hardworking, united and united. I saw in the column and every costume something.
They really teach us so many lessons about life.
I have already seen the nests of ants but not in a tree.
I found this interesting and wanted to share this.
This is incredible. I like to look at the nests of ants when I am in the countryside but this has really surprised and amazed me. Thanks for sharing.
It is wonderful to learn new things. Natures constantly springs surprises on us.
when you are small the world doesn’t see you. When you are tiny you have to build strong homes to protect yourself.
Ants are amazing!
They are indeed. What a cool way to look at them , thanks for sharing your thoughts doc.
thanks for the impetus to consider small ants!
The bible talks about ants in a few places as well.
many religions use the story of the ant and the grasshopper. It is a tale of working hard.
True, these creatures are great examples of tenacity, hard work and persistence.
I have never seen ants’ nests in a tree, dear Dawn …. in our country, ants build nests underground
Now you see, This is the first time I see one too.
We used to have ant nests as children and we could see the ant paths.
We would have a plastic or glass container where you could view the Queen ant and all the worker ants going to the Queen and every activity. We did it for school.
Cool , that must have been very interesting to watch. We never had such things in school.
Money is just a reward, so I guess they get their own rewards like safety, community , companionship etc.
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Lovely post. Looking so hard work
This fills me with admiration too.
That is amazing! Our ants make their nest under the ground!
Most ants do, it is only the weaver ants and carpenter ( maybe more, I am not very sure) ants that make nests in trees.
This is very fascinating, I always thought those were just dried up leaves.
Hmm.. maybe I would have thought the same too had my husband not told me.