Photo and Commentary ©2022 by Maylan Schurch
Friday, June 24, 2022
Earlier this month, before some serious rain descended on our area, I spotted the biggest ant-created project I ever remember seeing. Usually I’ll see low, conical, individual mounds with little holes in the top. But these two sand mountain-ranges stretch all the way along this sidewalk crack with barely a break.
In other words, this is nothing else but a levee! (Need to refresh your memory about what a levee is? Check out the link below, but don’t forget to come back here when you’re done:
As you can see, my photo shows an honest-to-goodness levee created by what must have been a massive army of ants. These projects always arouse questions within me: (1) How do they know when to build these water-barriers? Does some atmospheric signal arrive that gives them a day or two’s notice before the rain comes? (2) How did they know to build this as a levee rather than a series of cones? In other words, they had to think, “Okay. I realize that this project is bigger than protecting my private hole-home. This is a whole city block that needs security.” (3) And of course the obvious question: “How did God program this knowledge into such tiny brains?”
Sure enough, “the rains came down and the floods came up.” This levee was indeed very necessary. I took the photo below, of the same sidewalk-crack, after the rain.
Want to read a fascinating Atlantic article about ant brains? Click this link:
Okay, back to the Daily Photo Parable. The moral of this story, it seems to me, is that if an ant colony can prepare itself for a potentially disastrous future, you and I need to find out how to survive earth’s final cataclysms. Providentally, we can find answers from the source inspired by the Creator of the ants. Click this link: