I am not going after cleggs today as I have suffered enough. We were out early this morning as it is warm dry and sunny. I was sitting in the wood minding my own business when I looked down and saw my foot covered in ants. Nasty biting ants.
It is beautiful and once I’d brushed off as many ants as I could find and popped a couple into an old film can so that I could amuse myself by getting blurry images of them we carried on with our walk. I never saw the hawk but did see a goldcrest, a wren and a couple of buzzard. Needless to say I didn’t get pictures but it’s good to see them.
When I got back I thought long and hard about how to get the ants to stay in one place and eventually set up a little island for them.
Here we are with a rock, water, a coffee jar lid and the all important star of the show. I got it to climb on a cotton bud then transferred it to the stone. I must admit to having mislaid one ant but as long as it isn’t biting me I’ll not worry too much.
It pays to bribe the little devils. These are Red Ants, also known as Fire Ants; Myrmica sp. All images will enlarge with a click and now I’ll go and sort my foot out. Vicious little blighters they are.