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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Tea Leaf Tales: Beware of psychedelic ants this insect season!

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.  

Tea Leaf Tales is a series of original ten-sentence short stories by Marsha A. Moore, relating to photos/scenes that resonate with her.
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Marsha A. Moore is a writer of fantasy romance. The magic of art and nature spark life into her writing. Read her ENCHANTED BOOKSTORE LEGENDS for adventurous epic fantasy romance: Book One, SEEKING A SCRIBE, Book Two, HERITAGE AVENGED, and Book Three, LOST VOLUMES. She has also authored the Ciel's Legacy series, with fast action mermaid/pirate storylines: TEARS ON A TRANQUIL LAKE and TORTUGA TREASURE.  For a FREE ebook download, read her historic fantasy, LE CIRQUE DE MAGIE, available at Amazon and Smashwords.


Mickey said...

Ants have always fascinated me. Thanks for the post.

Marsha A. Moore said...

Hi Mickey! Thanks lots. Glad you stopped by.

Rosalie Skinner said...

Love your coloured ants. They are gorgeous.
Great photo and topic. Another top ten sentence story.