hydrangea blossoming

hydrangea blossoming
Hydrangea on the Edge of Blooming

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant

Sunday, I noticed a few ants on our back porch.  Monday, it was clear they were on their way to somewhere, the where being under the green wood in the upper left corner of the picture above.  Ed watched them a bit and decided to put out some borax solution for their delight (or ours, really).  They eat the sticky stuff, carry it back to the nest, and then that all is supposed to end the nest by ending the ants.  I hope it does because otherwise they are chewing little pathways through the wood, I'm afraid.

But it is interesting watching them throughout the day.  First we put down one little 'plate' (it is actually a piece of thin copper-colored metal), dripped some sticky borax on it and within minutes, a half dozen ants showed up from under the wall and lined themselves around as if it were an oasis.  In hardly any time, they drank it up and disappeared.  So, Ed put down a 2nd plate, and then a third.  And they come and go throughout the day, eating, eating, eating, and when it's empty, he refills their plates.  When I took this photo, it was 8:30 p.m. and getting dark.  Last night, they all disappeared by the time it was dark but maybe there's a late show tonight or something.

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