My pitchers catch a lot of ants and this one is no exception. Notice the small mass of ants in the lower left with one seeming to hang in mid air, and there are a couple rafts floating on the surface of the pitcher, at least for the moment. They don't last long before they fall to the bottom.
Last Edit: Jul 1, 2009 10:39:51 GMT -10 by srduggins
These are what is know as "Little Fire Ants". They are an invasive species here in Hawaii. So small are these ants that you don't notice them until its too late.
contents of one small pitcher ...
Of course, following regulations, all ant species must be eliminated from certified areas so the natural cycle is interrupted but, if left to nature, I figure my nursery would probably remove 10's of millions of these ants per month from the surrounding environment.