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Tuesday, 6. September 2011
°°° on vacation °°°

 
 
"Chevron eight: LOCKED!"
Bye, see you later ....
 
 

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Thursday, 16. June 2011
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While on vacation I usually do not watch TV at all - this time, however, I did it once:
A Gentleman I talked to and exchanged pet-peeves & preferences with told me that there was going to be a feature on leafcutter ants on TV.

It was worth watching. Not only for the pictures, but also for the explanation on how these creatures live .... sorry, but I do not remember which channel it was on.

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Friday, 13. May 2011
°°° on vacation °°°

will be back by June 15th ....

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Monday, 2. May 2011
food

Some time ago I was approached by a young man who wanted to start a business of his own. He had the idea to sell fried insects to the general public in Germany. He asked me because my field of studies had been the physiology of ants - he just wanted to be sure the animals themselves wouldn't be a threat to the health of potential consumers.

To make the long story short:
I ate a few handfull of roasted, salted leaf cutter ants (about two years ago) - and I'm still alive*.

The attempt to set up shop wasn't successful. The German authorities weren't up to the task: No risk taken, insects are not for consumption as food for humans - was their verdict. Hence no business ....

I thought it was a good idea and could have been a success. The ants tasted similar to peanuts, roasted, salted peanuts - with the difference that they contain less fat, more protein and last longer because one has to grind their exoskeleton thouroughly by chewing on it for quite some time ....


  • OK, I also had fried, seasoned grasshoppers, silk worms, bees, water scorpions and beetles - none of those were disgusting, but I'd prefer the ants ....
(more to come, please call back here at your convenience ....)

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Thursday, 28. April 2011
Sorry!

It has been a while since I last added some information here
.... but it was for a reason.

Now:
Today I'm just posting a picture

  • but it relates to the leaf cutter ants -
    somehow ....


[source]

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Monday, 11. April 2011
harvesting

The amount of food a colony of leaf-cutting ants needs is humongous:
4g of leaves per worker per day - which adds up to a total of 12-14% of the leaf production in rainforest areas.

Whilst the leaf fragments are carried tiny 'minima' [smallest caste in leaf cutting ants] sit on them [not always, but very often] and thus prevent parasitic flies to lay their eggs on the leaves from which larvae will hatch - and feed on the leaf cutters offspring ....

Still more amazing is how much weight such a small worker - [approximate/average] length 1,1-1,7cm; weight 300-500mg - can carry:
50 times its own weight.

(more to come, please call back here at your convenience ....)

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   "Chevron eight: LOCKED!" Bye, see you later ....   
Mr.Yoda, 9/6/11 9:20 PM
highlight While on vacation I
usually do not watch TV at all - this time,...
Mr.Yoda, 6/16/11 10:55 PM
°°° on vacation °°° will
be back by June 15th ....
Mr.Yoda, 5/13/11 10:39 PM
food Some time ago I
was approached by a young man who wanted to start...
Mr.Yoda, 5/2/11 1:22 AM
Sorry! It has been a
while since I last added some information here .... but...
Mr.Yoda, 4/28/11 2:47 PM
ant-fungus-mutualism = symbiosis As stated
before the ants need the fungi to feed their offspring...
Mr.Yoda, 4/11/11 9:21 PM
harvesting The amount of food
a colony of leaf-cutting ants needs is humongous: 4g of...
Mr.Yoda, 4/11/11 9:20 PM
@ intro Leaf-cutter ants are
a most amazing species. Their society is almost as complex...
Mr.Yoda, 3/16/11 9:16 PM
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