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Antes - interesting experience!

Yesterday I dug a hole in a patch of the garden which is covered with pebbles to cement in a post for a rotary clothes line. Having poured in the cement I then covered the fresh cement with an upturned bucket and a tarpaulin in case it rained.
On removing the bucket this morning I was surprised to find the cement covered with hundreds of tiny ants attending what looked like dozens of pupae ranging in size from the size of a dot to a few millimeters. Having exposed them to the light that clearly caused a panic as the ants either rushed about all over the place or started to drag the pupae to the edge of the cement and under the pebbles to where they presumably have a nest. Within 30 min they had completely cleared the cement.

My questions are what type of ants are they? What are likely to be in the pupae and should I see this as a problem? If there don't pose a problem I will be happy to share the garden with them. Any thought will be most welcomed. 


  • PS Finger trouble in the title!
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,151
    Ant eggs/ larvae ... they thought they'd found the ideal spot for a nursery and were moving their family in ... the birds will love them ...

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Guess that's why they moved them back underground so fast.
  • LynLyn Posts: 22,884
    Aren’t they amazing? We find this a lot when we remove headstones, in no time they’ve picked up all their prospective babies and shifted them, makes us feel almost guilty for the disturbance .
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • raisingirlraisingirl Posts: 6,911
    Lyn said:
    makes us feel almost guilty for the disturbance .
    except when they run up your arm and bite you  :o
    “It's still magic even if you know how it's done.” 
  • LynLyn Posts: 22,884
    Or in our case, all over your feet when you’re in sandals 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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