Observation of ants

Jane McGary janemcgary@earthlink.net
Thu, 05 Aug 2010 09:42:35 PDT
Pursuant to the recent discussion of whether ants are harmful to 
bulbs, just now I lifted a pot of Colchicum alpinum and found that 
tiny ants were living in it, with their larvae stashed between the 
old and new tunics of the corms. The corms had come to no harm (can't 
say the same for the ants). These little ants, an exterminator once 
told me, live on moist rotting wood and other vegetable matter (they 
were in a sill under a badly designed window wall). I wonder if those 
in the colchicums were actually benefiting the plants by removing the 
rotting old leaf bases.

Jane McGary
Northwestern Oregon, USA

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