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The Ant & the Slater

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robryan

Thanks Shirley!
LOL!! Didn't work Gail :)))
Thanks gene!
Ah! I've never heard of them called that Heidi - interesting!! The only good Rubber tree is one in the wild or one in a pot Heidi!! They're hell on house foundations & pipes!!
Thanks Steve - that's interesting :)))

stevem

Heidi, funnily enough I've always called these things 'slaters', although I've known that they were more generally known as woodlice. Google states that the term 'slater' comes from Scotland, Australia and New Zealand (which probably says something extremely learned and important about the spread of civilisation - or perhaps not). Anyway, the fact that Robryan is in Australia, and I'm originally Scottish, seems to support Google. Well, who'd a thought it!

Surreal_Heidi

Just what makes that little 'ol ant.... think he can move a rubber tree plant?... Everyone knows an ant... can't... move a rubber tree plant....

Surreal_Heidi

I've never heard of this critter being called a ''Slater''. We've always called them ''Pill Bugs'' or ''Armadillo Beetles''. They're no good at fighting, but they're #1 at defense.

gnt1041

Me too robryan the ant is so strong

octomom

Earworm!!! Earworm!!!!! Neener neener.....

shirley68

I never thought I'd say this about an Ant, but I think it's gorgeous, well that is the colours, Thanks Rob.

robryan

Thanks Gail - I love the way you learn 'stuff' on Jigidi - thanks:))) My money's on the ant too!! And I'm NOT having that song in my ear!! I'm not even a Frank Sinatra fan :))))) Shock - horror!!

octomom

Did you know that those little lice slaters are not insects at all, but are rather crustaceans, more closely related to lobsters and crabs than insects? My money's on the ant.

Next time you're found, with your chin on the ground
There a lot to be learned, so look around
Just what makes that little old ant think he'll move that rubber tree plant
Anyone knows an ant, can't move a rubber tree plant
But he's got high hopes, he's got high hopes
He's got high apple pie in the sky hopes
So any time you're gettin' low, 'stead of lettin' go, just remember that ant
Oops, there goes another rubber tree, oops, there goes another rubber tree plant
Kerplop!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EaPTweZ2_fI
From "A Hole in the Head" with Frank Sinatra
Today, the scene at 30 seconds would have been refilmed. Eddie Hodges never did get the line right throughout the song!

robryan

LOL!! They're vicious little devils! Thanks pg!
It sure is Emerger - I just love the details revealed!! Thanks!

Emerger

What a great photo! The macro world is often more spectacular that the world we view.

photogent

Who ever thought a little old ant could punch a hole in the dam?

robryan

Thanks Dave!!
I do too chickie!
Thanks morris!
Thanks lyndee!

lyndee

My money's on the ant also.

morris186

I'll take that bet!
Nice one, rob!

chickiemama

I bet on the ant thing.

warbler

Excellent macro, Robyn! Nature unfolding in detail! Thanks for a great set.