Yesterday I was watching lovely bats, today… Ants
I hate ants, I mean in the proper irrational fear type hate. Anything that can carry anything between 10 and 100 times its own body weight, has slaves, and demonstrates funerary practice is going to take over the world.
But in the spirit of 30 Days Wild, I made myself ‘appreciate’ their brilliance.
I was also secretly hopefully that the folklore would back me up in telling the world of the evils of ants, but whether you look through English, Chinese, or Native American motifs they’re seen as hardworking and resourceful creatures.
In Cornwall it is bad luck to destroy an ants nest, and in some African traditions it’s said if you kill part of a colony the rest will dig your grave.
It seems being nice pays off, and a proliferation of them in your garden or near the door signifies good fortune.
They also have weather lore and swarming or busy ants are supposed to signify storms are coming.
They’re considered generally a good thing.
(**NB I apparently can’t add videos to WP – so hopefully the anty video embedded below will work….**)