ant colonies

Okay but like, I wonder what Symmetras special interests are? Imagine Symmetra with an interest in bugs.

Imagine Symmetra sitting there, studying a new ant colony. Lucio walks up to her and asks; “Hey, I thought you didn’t like gross stuff?” And Symmetra looks at him right and the eye and says.

“Ants are not just gross, they have a structured society. They work for their queen every minute, and everything they do is to keep order in the colonies.”

And she goes on for like 10 minutes info-dumping. And Lucio’s just kinda sitting there super baffled.

Symmetra with weird special interests.

Shit, we had no idea that animals did cosplay, too. Because this is clearly just a prairie dog that found the carcass of an armadillo and decided to try on the carapace and the claws, right?

Nope, but the real explanation is almost as silly: This is a pichiciego, or pink fairy armadillo, from Argentina. This nocturnal animal (would you come out during the day if your mother named you that?) is the smallest of all armadillos, and it’s currently endangered due to human destruction of its habitat, domestic dogs and possibly homophobia. Pichiciegos tend to be pretty sluggish when they’re wobbling around above ground, but as you may have guessed from the size of those backhoes they call front feet, it’s below ground where they really shine.

Those gigantic claws, combined with the peculiar formation of its carapace, allow it to completely bury itself in seconds when it feels threatened. Pichiciegos use this ability to maneuver themselves next to ant colonies, where they can attack the ants (their primary food source) from an unexpected direction. Wait, it has armor plating on its back and it hunts ants?

9 Animals That Are Just Lazy Combinations of Other Animals

quiet at least

in the field behind my parents’ house, there is an out-of-use railroad track long since rusted over. i am blue today so that’s where i go. in the white dress with my book and cigarettes, i go there to be lonely, and okay within that loneliness. it’s not a pretty place, but it’s quiet at least. the ants are on me the moment i bring out my tupperware of strawberries. i don’t mind them. i say hello ants, how’s the colony? hello little ants. hello, hello. this is strange behaviour, especially for someone who normally reels at the sight of anything with more than four legs, but some days i am blue and when i’m blue, i am not myself. or i am entirely myself. i come to here to figure that out. it doesn’t help, but it’s quiet at least. i like to underline things as i read, anything that twists me, like my sister performing a chinese burn on my forearm when i was younger. that sudden heat, that red flare. days like this i tie my hair up and move my head side to side just to feel it swish. i am that awful person that licks her finger to turn a page. i’ve a thing about fingers - about hands, and wrists. i like to watch the tendons move as someone types or cracks their knuckles. like to faux-read peoples’ palms, making up versions of their future, sometimes putting myself in them. ooh, this line shows a dark-haired girl who’ll tempt you into loving her. beware. i brown beneath the sun all day, grow hot and languid. this is how i beat the blues: i tire them out. like children, they spend a few hours in the sun and are soon ready to be put to bed. i tuck them in, kiss their foreheads; their eyelids flutter and they’re gone. just me in the field, applying and reapplying chapstick, listening to the birds be birds, weaving blades of grass together. nothing special or revolutionary, but once again: it’s quiet at least.


I’m not sure what kind of caterpillars they are but I’m finding out. I initially thought I was looking at a colony of ants until I walked closer and found a colony of caterpillars that have made these large “houses”. There were two groups and they were curling leaves and sticking it together with their silk and old skins. Inside, a colony of caterpillars reside.

One thing I found interesting is that all the old skins are facing the same direction: Down.

I’d never seen anything like it, and I am fascinated. They didn’t even seem too fussed when I was taking photographs of them, they seemed to be working very hard. They all had black and yellow tufts down the length of their back and a black head with a yellow spot at the front.

Found in a young spotted gum tree on the Far South Coast of NSW, Australia.

movie idea: the story of a young man in the soviet union struggling against conformity, as a metaphor for the oppressiveness of life in an ant colony.

My kitten opened a bag of gummy bears I had in my trailer without me noticing and a large colony of ants decided to come and make their new colony under my couch.

And then I napped and one of them decided to try and claim my eyelid. Needless to say, the left side of my face will be out of business until further notice and hair/make up are having a field day trying to make me not look like a tiny, blonde Rocky Balboa. 


Probably it is useful to take occasionally
a bird’s-eye view, to see ourselves moving as if on sped-up film
like ants through the colonies of their very long short lives.
We kept one self-contained in sand, sandwiched
between clear plastic walls. It arrived in the mail.
They were self-sufficient. I don’t know if they were fed,
but surely if they required it by Mother they were
provided for just so like us all the years of that house.
They inhabited orderly the rooms they built;
they kept a graveyard chamber. One morning
we woke to one soldier left carrying inward all the dead
who surrounded him. I don’t know how this relates
to what we call loyalty or love.


ELI5:How do terrestrial ant colonies survive torrential downpours without flooding in and drowning them?

Water does flood in. However, ants usually dig colonies at least a foot deep. That creates a lot of surface area relative to the tiny entrance hole, so the dirt absorbs the rain quickly. Ants also build chambers at the top of upward sloping tunnels, so water can’t flow in.

As a last-ditch effort, some species will form living rafts that can float on top of floodwaters.

Explain Like I`m Five: good questions, best answers.


Cordyceps (cordyceps)

Cordyceps, the “zombie fungus” are found in Asia. There are 400+ species and each species preys on a different insect or arthropod. When infected, the fungus slowly replaces the host’s tissues and in some cases takes control of the host, moving it to either highly populated areas or areas of high elevation for the spore pod to burst and have a higher chance of infecting. They have been known to wipe out entire ant colonies and have become such a problem when an ant sees another ant moving strangely they take it to the edge of a cliff and toss it over. The fungus is also considered a delicacy and has some medicinal uses. In 2013, Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us created a zombie apocalypse scenario using cordyceps.


Free Match Monday: The Closers (Rick Roland & Sloan Caprice) vs. The Colony (Fire Ant & Silver Ant) from “Tabula Rasa”, one of the 3 secret Season 17 shows now available on CHIKARAtopia!

I think everyone does a great job with their covers for the INVADER ZIM comic, and it’s especially impressive if the artist is dead inside like I am because you can’t tell how little they feel for anything based on their (my) incredible work.

These two new covers for reprints of the first issue showed up today and I gotta say, they cheered me way up (I had to slaughter a whole ant colony that had found hope for the future in my kitchen. They were trying to carry their injured away and everything.)

Thanks upperhandart and andrewmaclean for taking my mind off of the monster I had become.

siphonophores themselves are actually incredibly interesting too. theyre gelatinous organisms that as far as i know havent been able to have been brought back to a lab, due to how delicate they are. theyre basically an incredibly long string of organisms (called zooids) that all work together, similar to how a colony of ants work. each zooid has a job. some will be locomotion, some digestion, etc.

eene-fangirl  asked:

Why do you think Edd loves nature so much? What is your favorite thing about this admirations.

I’m not sure, but I did once wonder if he developed his thing for insects and arachnids because he was alone so much of the time. Like, “well, Mother and Father are at work and I have no friends, but these spiders and flies are here so I shall befriend them!! :-D”

And similarly, I guess he would have started caring for plants that his mother kept around the house, just for something to do, and started speaking to them and naming them to ease his childhood loneliness.

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this (probably not), but I really, really love his investment in nature. When I was a kid, I used to love watching documentaries and reading books about bees and ants, and there was an ant colony in the sideyard of my house and I liked going outside in the spring and summer to watch the long line of ants. I was fascinated with how the ant colony worked, and I was most excited when I could see the worker ants carrying dead grasshoppers and caterpillars back to their home - one time, they carried a live spider back and I just sat there and stared in excitement for so long.

I love Double-D’s interest in nature, especially his interest in insects and arachnids, and my child-self relates to him so well.

@mattsheean and I did the cover for Island #7, which will include part 3 of Ancestor. The lineup is real good in this issue:

ISLAND #7  STORY / ART: BRANDON GRAHAM, LIN VISEL, MATT SHEEAN, MALACHI WARD, & MICHAEL DEFORGE FEBRUARY 17 / 112 PAGES / FC / T+ / $7.99 The ongoing oversized comics magazine continues with the third chapter of MATT SHEEAN and MALACHI WARD’s “Ancestor,” and introduces new stories by MICHAEL DEFORGE(Lose, Ant Colony) and LIN VISEL (Slipshine). 

anonymous asked:

๐Ÿœ๐Ÿœ๐Ÿœ๐Ÿœ๐Ÿœ๐Ÿœ๐Ÿœ๐Ÿœ๐Ÿœ๐Ÿœ๐Ÿœ๐Ÿœ๐Ÿœ๐Ÿœ๐Ÿœ๐Ÿœ๐Ÿœ๐Ÿœ๐Ÿœ๐Ÿœ๐Ÿœ๐Ÿœ๐Ÿœ *the ceiling of the dungeon you're in caved in, releasing a whole colony of ants upon you and your comrades.*

Send ‘🐜’ for my muses reaction at yours throwing a bug on them.

If anyone asked them after the incident, Prompto would never admit that one of them had shrieked so loud that Gladiolus had sworn he’d lost his hearing for a moment.

“Nope! Nope! NOPE!” Had been his immediate response after, shuddering and trying not to completely freak out. He could feel legs, tiny little legs all over his body and it made him so terribly uncomfortable.

“Ooooh my goood, I’m going to be sick. Someone cast fira, I can’t. I can’t. Nope. Oooh my goooooOOOD, DUDE I CAN FEEL THEM IN MY HAIR!!”

The rest of the afternoon was spent with him meticulously going through all of his things and finding any bugs. Sitting at camp in nothing but his boxer shorts as he combed through every last article of clothing and his hair.

He would not rest until EVERY inch was searched and cleansed of the insect contamination.

As women, we have come to distrust that power which rises from our deepest and nonrational knowledges. We have been warned against it all our lives by the male world, which values this depth of feeling enough to keep women around in order to exercise it in the service of men, but which fears this same depth too much to examine the possibilities of it within themselves. So women are maintained at a distant/inferior position to be psychically milked, much the same way ants maintain colonies of aphids to provide a life-giving substance for their masters.
—  Audre Lorde, “Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power,” in Sister Outsider (New York: Random House, 1984), 53-59, 53-54.