Thursday, 27 June 2013

Ants with their Eggs

Whilst helping on the Guides plot we found a big ants nest - not red ants for a change. The ants were going crazy trying to protect their eggs from the 30+ guides!

Well, it's been pointed out to me that my post title and clearly my understanding of the ant lifecycle was quite wrong.
These aren't eggs; they're cocoons. I didn't realise that ants went through a pupal stage though I have seen them with little white eggs before and I did think these 'eggs' were rather large - this diagram explains:
Always good to learn something new!


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