DA: So you’re known as a thief ant. Does that mean you’re a convicted felon who has spent time in the slammer?
Ant: Yes, I am a thief ant. You’ve got to be kidding! Just because my name is “thief” ant doesn’t mean I’ve spent time in ant jail! I know a guy named Woolweaver but he doesn’t weave wool! Geez! We get our name from our habit of nesting close to other ant nests from which we steal food. But we’ve avoided the ant police so far!
DA: What’s your favorite food, Antie?
Ant: Unlike most other ants, we prefer something greasy like a potato chip or other greasy things in a kitchen. When the lady of the house spills something greasy, that’s a banquet for us. But we also feast on sweets as well! We’re not picky!
DA: Where do you like to live?
Ant: Well, where do YOU like to live, smarty? We like the exact same environment that you do – one with lots of food and water.
DA: How do you get into homes?
Ant: We thief ants enter structures through cracks in the foundation or small openings in woodwork. We forage in trails throughout a structure seeking protein, sweets and liquid. We’re smaller than most other ants, so we can squeeze through the tiniest opening!
DA: You look a lot like other ants. What’s the difference between the way you look and the way your cousins look?
Ant: Not that you’re going to check, but we thief ants have tinier eyes than most other ants and we’re lighter in color. And we think we are beautiful! In fact, we’ve entered our most lovely specimen in the 2018 Miss Beautiful Ant contest.
DA: In all ant colonies, there is a queen. What’s your queen’s name and is there a king?
Ant: We’re not like other ants, really we’re not! We can have more than one queen and NO, there is no king! Our colony has 3 queens, Irene and Arlene are OK but that last one is a real pain in the @#$%! Ilene brags about the number of eggs she lays. . . like we care!
DA: We’ve heard that ants are extremely strong. Is that right?
Ant: You betcha! We can lift 50 times our own weight, and that’s without going to the gym!
DA: Do you actually communicate with other ants?
Ant: Well, we don’t chatter like people do, but we communicate, and we’re very good at it. We use chemicals, vibrations and touch to communicate with individuals and/or the entire colony. Communication is not the problem for us that it is for you crazy humans.
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