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Saturday June 17th, 2006

The six-legged march is on, and the first 'fly' that I really had success with is back in action. Not a tiny epoxy ant, but a big hairy antron ant. Those little suger ants are specks compared to the big carpenter ants that can carry off trees and build log cabins. I see them as the gladiators of the ant world.

Using only that ant for a month straight probably wasn't the best idea, but on those hot breezy afternoons when no bugs seem to be around those carpenters are at work in the trees, on the rocks, and on the bank. I think they like to sleep in, because they don't seem to get going until the sun is pretty high, about picnic time coincidentally. I haven't been in the right place at the right time for a one of those flying ant falls yet, but I'm really looking forward to it!

Unfortunately, last weekend even this didn't help me. The flows had just dropped quite a bit, but the water was still around 42F (6C). There were already a couple cars at the pullout, so I cleverly cut across the meadow and went a ways upstream where I found... another pullout with a few more cars. A day of crumbs, but I'm sure the ants would have been quite pleased with that.


PS. Over on the left column below the days of the week, I've added a Front Page Archive link. The FP's have been saved since April 2 of this year, and now you can get to them =)

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