Warm day = first ants of the year!

Also, my first ever video blog:


Watch the HD version if you can. The ants are actually visible, if you squint.


  1. #1 ihateaphids
    March 10, 2010

    you look really dorky on video

  2. #2 myrmecos
    March 10, 2010

    As opposed to real life?

  3. #3 Warren
    March 10, 2010

    loves it

  4. #4 MrIloveTheAnts
    March 10, 2010

    Squint nothing! What type of camera are you using?

    The background is in focus with you walking up to the tree and I can still make out the ants in the foreground.

  5. #5 myrmecos
    March 10, 2010

    That’s my latest toy, a Panasonic DMC-ZS3.

    Little digicams generally have better wide-angle macro than dSLRs. It’s good value for the price.

  6. #6 Tim Eisele
    March 11, 2010

    You’re way ahead of us: our temperatures are still in the 40s, and there’s still over a foot of snow on the ground. We are finding some insects: my daughter caught a tiger moth caterpillar and a grasshopper nymph already. And the winter crane flies and cluster flies have been coming out in some numbers. No ants visible yet, though.

  7. #7 Carol H
    March 11, 2010

    Yesterday, here in the suburbs of Philadelphia, I saw a northern flicker pecking enthusiastically at something on the ground only about ten feet away from me–usually flickers are too shy to let a human that close. I think the bird had found the first ants of spring too, and really seemed to relish them.

  8. #8 aariq
    March 11, 2010

    I like the Attenborough-esq shot in the middle with you walking up to the camera on the ground.

  9. #9 myrmecos
    March 11, 2010

    If only I had Attenborough-esque lenses that were wide enough to get my face in the shot, too…

  10. #10 Tim Eisele
    March 11, 2010

    Well, that’s easy enough. All you need is an Attenborough-esque production budget, and you’re all set.

  11. #11 myrmecos
    March 11, 2010

    Heh. Maybe I’ll put my hat out for donations next time I’m looking for ants on the quad.

  12. #12 Tim Eisele
    March 11, 2010

    I take that back – I spotted some ants today. Granted, they were *inside* one of the campus buildings (they were coming out of a small hole in a concrete-block wall to devour a dropped potato chip on the floor), but they were certainly ants!

  13. #13 Ant
    March 13, 2010

    We all look like dorks. 😛

  14. #14 Henry W. Robison
    March 17, 2010

    Wow! This was welcome relief to the flu-like condition I have had for the past week! What a pleasant surprise to see you and the ants out cruising the campus Thanks a bunch! This sorta kick-starts my spring!

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