Black ants are found across Europe, in parts of North and South America, Asia and Australia. They are so small that they go about their busy lives mostly unnoticed - until the occasion they swarm into our houses, when most people resort to chemical warfare. I decided to take a close up look.
Every day unless it was wet - and that was very rarely this summer - a twin line of Black ants went back and forth across our terrace. They made a long commute between the garden and somewhere under the foundations of the house. Some were carrying food or waste but others just followed in convoy. They followed the exact same lines, day after day - out foraging I suppose?
I thought such small subjects, just 4 mm long, would pose an interesting challenge to the macro capability of the RX10 iv camera. These are some results.
Once mated, a queen will return to the ground, shed her wings, dig a nest and lay eggs to found a new colony. This process of dispersal explains how, with the right tail winds and maybe over millions of generations, the species has managed to colonise every continent except Antarctica - on a par with humans!