A group of ants at the entrance to the Bread Canyon enjoying a large piece of golden-brown crust. Tasty!
Ants in the direct center of the canyon eating medium sized tidbits.
Last night, I sat on a rock in the front-yard garden of the apartment space where I live. I saw a lone red ant in the 'bread canyon', a place between two rocks, and sprinkled some bread crumbs inside. They were glad and a ton of them came. The next day, the bread was gone, but there were more than three searching for more bread. I took a hearty amount of bread that could feed 1/7 of their colony (In estimate. Their anthill was tiny, in a patch of tall grass). And a lot of them came! Really a lot! They were carrying large chunks in a team!
I watched for nearly 20 minutes, and there were honeybees landing on me, buzzing around me, flying away, coming back, and repeating. They must have been here because there was a large flowering bush behind me and they want to collect the nectar to turn into honey. Don't worry if a bee lands on you, they only sting when scared. They will get scared if touched, blown at, slapped, harmed in any way, and shouted at. They will try to land on you more if you are wearing clothing with flowers printed onto it.
Ok, back to the ants. They tore out little pieces just as big as themselves and hauled them into their tiny anthill in the patch of grass. Tomorrow, I will give them bread again (maybe with a drop of honey). Oh, because that is where I feed them leftover stale bread crumbs, I dubbed the place between the two rocks the Bread Canyon! Well, that's the end of my post. Until next time!
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