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Saturday, June 22, 2002

The Ants Win

Wherever the ants come into the house, the spiders soon camp out overhead to rest in webs from which they can wander down for anty snacks. But this morning I found a spider covered in ants--not on the floor but a few inches higher in its invisible web. Ants were marching along the wall, and then they'd stop and seem to stand up on hind legs like a circus trick, then slowly, awkwardly, and rather tenaciously, they would wobble out into thin air, tight-rope walking an invisible strand of web, to the hapless, now dead, spider, so they could disassemble him and carry him away bit by bit. By now they'd taken to using two or three strands going off in different directions, so it was quite a sight, these levitating ants. (I'd post a picture, but it would all be lost in two dimensions.)

But I'd still eradicate them all if I could.

Heck, maybe I'm next.

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Simon Funk / simonfunk@gmail.com