I believe one of the most fascinating creatures ever to walk the earth are ants and today I recorded “A Day in the Lives of Ants”. These tiny ones have been on the planet for more than a hundred million years, and have managed to survive some of the most fatal catastrophes earth has seen.
Able to lift ten times their own weight and quite unstoppable as a team, ants really prove that they can bring even an elephant down. And today, I managed to capture one of these special moments showcasing the strength of ants – they actually took a half eaten earthworm right up a wall into their nest.
It all began when I stumbled upon a skink swallowing a live earthworm. As I got closer to get a better look, I saw an ant also trying to bite a share out of the victim. But I guess I somehow scared the skink and it ran away, expelling the earthworm out. The earthworm was still moving and expecting that the skink would return for what was left of it, I sat there waiting for some time, but the skink didn’t return.
I could still spot the ant lingering around the half-eaten, half-alive earthworm. Eventually, it became a group of about 10-15 ants surrounding the earthworm. The earthworm twisted and twirled with whatever little energy it had left, with the ants biting on its flesh to get a decent grip to pull the load. It all got interesting as suddenly the earthworm started shifting when the ants started pulling it to their nest, which was through a small hole in the nearly perpendicular garden wall, about a feet and a half up from the ground where the body lay.
Out of curiosity of how exactly would the ants manage to take the body to their nest, I sat there and shot this time-lapse video which I would like to share with you guys. It was an amazing experience to witness these tiny little creatures proving their mettle and their will to survive. Hats off!