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« on: April 15, 2008, 12:50:41 am »

I read something on Live Science website tonight which I had noticed first when I was a kid.  We had a small green lawn in front of our house.  The only problem with that lawn was that it was infested with ant hills.  No matter how many times we'd destroy those ant hills, they'd be re-built in no time and leave us feeling irritated and defeated!   Some neighbors told us that the best way of getting rid of ant hills was to pour boiling water over them.  That seemed to cruel to us, so we'd destroy them by simply splashing water from the sprinkler which I'm sure the ants must have found pleasant in that hot tropical weather Smiley  However, it did mess up the ant hills.  We would see the red and black ants streaming out of their 'homes' panic-stricken and running helter-skelter.  Many of them would also get crushed beneath our feet accidently.  During such occasions my sister, brother and myself would often observe many of these ants lying as if lifeless on dry spots of the ant hills untouched by water, and we were aware that we never stepped on them either.  After a few minutes when our gaze would again return to those same spots, the ants would be gone or some of them would be getting ready to go.  As kids, we didn't understand their theatrics.  Later in life I never thought much about that, till this evening when I read the article.  It says that red ants (also known as fire ants) are awfully smart.  They can sense when they're about to be attacked.  Before the attacker comes real close, they feign they're dead by curling up and looking lifeless.  As soon as the attacker walks away, they gradually uncurl, straighten themselves (perhaps they must also be looking thru the corners of their eyes and winking at each other Smiley ) and walk away too.  Isn't it awesome as well as comical?  Cheesy

Psyche! Fire Ants Play Dead - Live Science
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« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2008, 08:30:33 pm »



Glory be to Allah,

Such intelligence is deffinately not the work of blind chance. It is Allah who created the ants for sure.

Thank you for sharing your thiughts with us sister. Truly appreciate it. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2008, 06:31:05 am »

Hmmmm, very good piece sister rose.  Alhamdulilah.  It also reminds me about the mention of Prophet Solomon in the Quraan - how he could understand the language of ants.  Modern science has proven only recently that all animals have their own languages in which they communicate with one another.

And yeah, as for these red ants, they are really smart.  I also seriously think that when we get bitten by red ants, it's not just a matter of chance.  When these ants wanna bite someone, they quietly creep up to the skin .. so quietly that you cannot even feel them coming.  And then suddenly you feel the pinch of being bitten and that's when you jump up Smiley
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