Insects are already gearing up in Florida. Well, they actually never quit down here, but their renewed fervor in spring, following a warm winter like the last one, is daunting.
I’m mystified, intrigued, and more than a little frightened by the activation of these ants. Do they belong to distinct colonies, or are they workers who’ve been designated for different jobs, corresponding to the various colors?
Red scares the bejesus out of Floridians…vivid memories of the incessant, burning prickles from fire ant bites will do that. Whatever the red’s role, we’ll stay clear, no questions asked. The blue and yellow seem designed for specific environments, blue around waterways and yellow to freely wander flowerbeds. However, the green looks the best camouflaged, adapted to blend into foliage for secret transport of valuable goods back to the colony. Or they could be sneaky, carrying out stealth attacks on unsuspecting sandal-exposed bare toes—yikes!
With the ants up to these extensive strategies, I’m afraid to find out what the always dreaded love bug season will be like this year.