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Jenny
150354.  Thu Feb 22, 2007 11:29 am Reply with quote

A previously unknown species of ant, found in Honduras and Belize, has been named Pheidole harrisonfordi, after the star of the Indiana Jones movies, in honour of his conservation work.

 
Jenny
150355.  Thu Feb 22, 2007 11:30 am Reply with quote

 
Hummingbird
150375.  Thu Feb 22, 2007 11:55 am Reply with quote

At least it wasn't a snake.

 
grizzly
150379.  Thu Feb 22, 2007 12:04 pm Reply with quote

Could this be a rolling news item or is it old news?

 
Jenny
150388.  Thu Feb 22, 2007 12:16 pm Reply with quote

I only found out about it today, but I think it might be old news.

Source: http://www.ourplanet.com/imgversn/142/ford.html

 
kimagi
160480.  Tue Mar 27, 2007 12:47 pm Reply with quote

I once observed a line of ants walking out of a field in Greece. Each ant was carrying a grass seed and depositing it on a patch of ground outside the anthill. I noticed the seeds were graded left to right according to size and that it was possible to predict exactly where on the patch the ant would drop the seed by noting the size of the seed. I have never seen any reference to this kind of behaviour. Is it common behaviour in all ant species? Am I the only person who finds this quite interesting?

 
Bondee
160542.  Tue Mar 27, 2007 4:20 pm Reply with quote

kimagi wrote:
I once observed a line of ants walking out of a field in Greece. Each ant was carrying a grass seed and depositing it on a patch of ground outside the anthill.


From http://www.rooibosltd.co.za
(Background > The Plant > Page 03)

Quote:
Rooibos seed is a precious article, simply because each legume bears only one seed which pops open and shoots out as soon as it is ripe. For this reason the seed was extremely expensive before it was discovered that ants were its main harvesters. Today some farmers still collect seed from anthills, but more commonly by sifting the sand around the plants. One kilogram of seed yields approximately eight hectares of Rooibos.


And it makes a damn fine cup of tea!
: )

 
gerontius grumpus
160561.  Tue Mar 27, 2007 5:02 pm Reply with quote

kimagi wrote:
I once observed a line of ants walking out of a field in Greece. Each ant was carrying a grass seed and depositing it on a patch of ground outside the anthill. I noticed the seeds were graded left to right according to size and that it was possible to predict exactly where on the patch the ant would drop the seed by noting the size of the seed. I have never seen any reference to this kind of behaviour. Is it common behaviour in all ant species? Am I the only person who finds this quite interesting?



They were probably making their front lawn.

 
Jenny
160610.  Tue Mar 27, 2007 7:46 pm Reply with quote

You're not the only person, Bondee, and I have promptly pinched the info to weave into a potential question for the next interactive DVD. Thank you!

 
Bondee
160880.  Wed Mar 28, 2007 3:23 pm Reply with quote

Jenny wrote:
You're not the only person, Bondee, and I have promptly pinched the info to weave into a potential question for the next interactive DVD. Thank you!


The next QI interactive DVD?

 
Jenny
160950.  Wed Mar 28, 2007 8:10 pm Reply with quote

Yes that's right - hopefully to be out in the autumn.

 
Mulvil
161012.  Thu Mar 29, 2007 4:53 am Reply with quote

Well looking at the source of the info and seeing Harrison ford aged 61 and then a quick Google putting him at 64 would suggest that this is 3 year old news to answer a previous question.

Interesting though!

 
Bondee
161312.  Thu Mar 29, 2007 3:31 pm Reply with quote

Jenny wrote:
Yes that's right - hopefully to be out in the autumn.


Brilliant!

I feel truly honoured to have been of assistance.
: )

 
peterbrowns
766181.  Fri Dec 10, 2010 11:03 am Reply with quote

Ants have colonized almost every land on earth. The only places lacking indigenous ants are Antarctica and some remote or inhospitable islands. The ants thrive in most ecosystems, and may constitute 15-25% of terrestrial animal biomass.

 
Zebra57
766275.  Fri Dec 10, 2010 6:45 pm Reply with quote

Tom and Jerry: Pup on a Picnic.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8mGmfdKZI4

 

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