An ant’s about to die—get the magnifying glass
By Noreen O’Brien, Purchasing, Marine Parts Express
I ran for my big magnifying glass, feeling perhaps a tad guilty for the enthusiasm fueling my steps. I couldn’t believe my great good fortune—I had never seen anything like this.
I had, only days ago, had a debate with a friend who killed a spider, saying he has an agreement with them: if they’re indoors, they die; outdoors, they live. I was horrified. I don’t kill insects or spiders or anything, if I can help it. And spiders do such good things for us indoors. I was about to witness this “good” with my own two eyes, with the aid of a third eye of sorts: the magnifier.
An ant was walking across the floor, one of the big ole black ants. I’m sure they have a name, but I never took the time to look it up, for some reason. It’s odd what we warrant to be worth our efforts to scour the books to learn everything from something’s name to its most intimate habits, and other times, the most common critter barely receives acknowledgment that it exists.
But, back to the ever so chunky ant traipsing across my white floor. I followed it with my eyes, wondering what kind of invisible (to my eye) highway it was following. Where was it coming from and going to—and why? And then it hit a corner and its right front leg became entangled in a web I hadn’t known was there.
I watched as the ant tried to work its toes—do ants have toes?—out of the sticky thread, but soon realized this was not so passive a movement as that. A teeny tiny spider with wispy-thin legs was at home and actively reeling in the ant, and that’s when the race for the magnifier began.
With the aid of the magnifier, I witnessed the ant’s struggle to free itself of the web, wiggling its body and pumping its legs, hanging upside down—was that part of the spider’s plan or a coincidence? At the same time, the spider worked furiously, its legs looking like knitting needles worked by a professional, whizzing with speed, entangling first the ant’s legs, then its body, winding and wrapping—oh, what tangled webs we weave.
Perhaps my giant eye peering through the glass, observing the entire dance routine, put the spider on edge, causing it to lose its footing—do spiders have feet?—resulting in losing its hold on the ant. In the blink of an eye—my eye anyway—and with some speed, the ant crossed the floor to freedom, away from the tangled mess. With a larger magnifier, I might have seen that the ant was panting with relief.
That tad of guilt I first felt at observing the ant’s presumed ensuing death, rather than offering the tiniest bit of effort to spare its life, I assuaged by helping the little critter out the door—I’ll assume it was to safety and not into the wings of some ant-eating feathered creature like a Pileated Woodpecker. Of course, given such a scenario, I’d be running for the binoculars for a closer observation of this.
And the spider? Perhaps I killed it in my own way by not helping it to capture and keep its next meal, but something tells me it will find plenty of other food in this house.
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September 29, 2011 / Noreen O'Brien / 0
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