Hello folks who wonder if there is a market for flavored nail polish to appease people who like to bite their nails,

Humans always astonish me.


Humans have managed to scale the tallest mountain, dive to the deepest depths in the ocean, walk on the moon(or fake it, depends on who you ask), facilitate 100,000 flights everyday without accidents with a few delays, developed the vaccine for polio and invented wireless chargers for smartphones.

All these achievements are great, so I am always left befuddled that after all this, the only thing that gives humans comfort is watching online videos of people wolfing down fast food. This phenomenon is called Mukbang.

Most followers of this blog already know that I have a penchant for capturing invertebrates mating and disturbing them during their intimate moments.

For today's post, I wanted to share something different. Here is a winter ant that stumbled upon some soda droplets spilled by a kid (or an adult, let's not be judgmental here) on a table at a local park.

So, what's the big deal you ask? I see my pet lapping up water from the water bowl all the time.

Unlike humans, ants do not have lungs and cannot create suction to draw the liquid into their mouths. Instead, they will just touch the mouthpart to the surface of the droplet. This helps with two things:

1. Break the surface tension of the liquid.
2. Help draw the liquid between the water-loving surfaces of the ant's mouthparts through capillary action. Capillary action is the same principle that helps plants suck up water from the roots.

Here is a closer look at the ant doing its thing and me getting a little too close with the microscope.

In ants you can tell how much they've had by looking at the size of their abdomen, which will be enlarged. Observe the ant with the swollen abdomen and compare it to its siblings on the other side.

Consuming too much food will affect their gait as well. They will move slowly just like humans exiting the Golden Corral and walking towards their parked cars.

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