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    Flames Reveal Dense Ant Colony

    A controlled prairie burn south of here Thursday afternoon revealed a dense colony of large ant hills — many of them 3 feet high and 6 feet in diameter.
    “We’ve seen these before, but never so many in a concentrated area,” said Rob Roman, roadside vegetation manager for the Linn County Secondary Roads Department.
    Members of a Conservation Corps Iowa crew, veterans of scores of prescribed burns, said they too had never seen such an impressive concentration of large ant hills.
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    Re: Flames Reveal Dense Ant Colony

    The ants were 3 feet high and 6 feet in diameter? Run for your lives!



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    Re: Flames Reveal Dense Ant Colony

    Hopefully they are not the type of ants from the new Indiana Jones movie.


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    Re: Flames Reveal Dense Ant Colony

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclonepride View Post
    The ants were 3 feet high and 6 feet in diameter? Run for your lives!
    I for one, welcome our new insect overlords.



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    Re: Flames Reveal Dense Ant Colony

    Quote Originally Posted by Alswelk View Post
    That's some funny prose right there. Yet scary at the same time.



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    Re: Flames Reveal Dense Ant Colony

    This is really not surprising at all. In native prairie areas and in reconstructions as well, the presence of mound-building ants is typically a good sign of a healthy ecosystem. There can be a pretty large number of mounds in an area, so I think it is more that they just havent seen that before rather than it is unusual. you need to look where they would be to see them.

    Pretty cool creatures, most species are in the genus Formica, such as Formica montana (prairie mound-building ant). And it is pronounced form' ick eh, not for Mike' eh, but the name is related to the source of the countertop material. Formic acid is present in the ant's venom (yes, they will bite) and is the foundation in the process to make the formica countertop stuff....

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    Re: Flames Reveal Dense Ant Colony

    Quote Originally Posted by statsaholic View Post
    This is really not surprising at all. In native prairie areas and in reconstructions as well, the presence of mound-building ants is typically a good sign of a healthy ecosystem. There can be a pretty large number of mounds in an area, so I think it is more that they just havent seen that before rather than it is unusual. you need to look where they would be to see them.

    Pretty cool creatures, most species are in the genus Formica, such as Formica montana (prairie mound-building ant). And it is pronounced form' ick eh, not for Mike' eh, but the name is related to the source of the countertop material. Formic acid is present in the ant's venom (yes, they will bite) and is the foundation in the process to make the formica countertop stuff....
    Gosh, the things one can learn on this board, especially on Friday afternoons....



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    Re: Flames Reveal Dense Ant Colony

    Does this thread make anyone else feel itchy?



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    Re: Flames Reveal Dense Ant Colony

    Quote Originally Posted by Yes13 View Post
    Does this thread make anyone else feel itchy?
    no thats probably the cocaine



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    Re: Flames Reveal Dense Ant Colony

    I was on a burn site a number years ago and the number of ant mounds after the burn is what surprised me most. Native Prairie's and how they respond to fire is a fascinating subject for me.



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    Re: Flames Reveal Dense Ant Colony

    My buddy was one of the guys on the team that found the colony...



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