Carpenter Ants are pretty amazing insects.
To appreciate them it is best to think of them “outside” of our homes. For some reason Carpenter Ants cannot distinguish between the wood in our homes and the wood in the woods.
When hiking it the Northwest it is very common to come across trees that have fallen across the trail and the section of tree that crosses the trail is cut away to maintain the trail. Carpenter Ants infest can infest these downed trees—and perhaps they were in it to begin with and its falling was related to the damage they had created.
Regardless, the cut off tree sometimes exposes the tunneling done by the ants and sometimes become the “windows” where the sawdust from their mining gets dumped to the ground below.
In this first picture, I find the shapes created by the Carpenter ants very reminiscent of the shapes used in the art of the peoples that inhabited the Northwest prior to the Europeans.
To me there are often parallels between nature and human art.
When I took this picture the ants were busy elsewhere or had abandoned the log. In this next picture, one can clearly see that the Carpenter Ants (Camponotus Modoc) are indeed home and doing what they do best.
They have quite a window on the world.
By Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle
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