Posts Tagged ‘The Naked Jungle’

Ant Phobia & Coloured Bottoms

I have to be really careful not to vomit while typing this post.

Ants.

Absolutely makes my skin crawl just looking at that picture.  When I finally see past the fact that these are tiny, crawly, scattery, creepy ants I actually think this is pretty cool!  These ant bottoms change colour depending on the colour of the food they are eating – their bottoms and see-through!

My fear of ants? This movie ruined ants for me: The Naked Jungle.  It is about a mass of ants that sweeps through Africa eating everything in their path…including people!  Poor people falling over as they try to flee, only to disappear under a moving black mass of demon ants.

Dude, that gun is going to do nothing!

Eek!

Fictional movie aside, this is something that really truly does happen (but not the eating humans part).  It is called Marabunta or Army Ant where a large mass of ants forage their way through the land eating insects and small animals. Some species hunt in trees where they eat birds and their eggs. The ant raid can form a path 20 metres wide!  They don’t build a permanent nest, but keep moving and eating, moving and eating.

Okay, freaking myself out.