Tag Archives: insects

Siafu

Siafu are the really big ants you get out here. They form long marching trails which wind along the ground foraging for food. Food can be anything from a hapless bug or beetle which gets in the way to much larger prey. We have had a number of Siafu visits already. I can personally testify that the bites are very unpleasant. Twice one of the beast has found its way up my trouser leg choosing to bite somewhere on the upper thigh.
Last night at about 2am as Anita was returning from baby sitting (having earlier relieved our daughter from duties) we discovered a whole line running alongside the house past our front door – fearing a diversion into the house there followed a frantic grinding up of sugar to a powder which we them mixed with bicarbonate of soda. This mixture results in ant death as they ingest the mix (unable to distinguish the compounds). The bicarb interacts with the ants own folic acid resulting in a gaseous explosion.
This morning the ants were gone – though they had only moved a few metres out. They appear to be raising our rubbish pit – perhaps for the leftover and left out mince we had to discard on Saturday!

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Beach Life

Tanzania continues to amaze us with it’s wealth of wildlife. We haven’t even been to a Game Park yet (more news on this soon!) but the bird and insect life is fascinating. Having just returned from Igombe and the St Dominic Annex Beach I thought Inwould share some of the creatures we encountered. These will be added to the wildlife pages too.

Itchy Feet

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On the Rampage

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We have Ants in our house and Ants near our house. Big ants and little ants. Thankfully it’s the big ants that are outside

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Extra Extra (Bugs)

Here is my submission to this weeks photo challenge – extra extra

From the  depths of the Cambodian Jungle in Ratanakiri Province. I took these flowers – only on reviewing did I spot the bugs – an Extra Bonus.

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