Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Ants in the Kitchen

I caught a little bit of Edward O Wilson being interviewed on CSPAN. He had evidently been talking about the ecological crisis of habitat destruction, but was now answering questions called or emailed in. Besides being an expert of ecology, Wilson is of course a pre-eminent expert on ants, so the last question came in by email: "What to do about ants in the kitchen."

His reply (more or less):

Watch where you step. Be careful of tiny lives. Feed them small bits of peanut butter and a little honey. Watch them carefully through a magnifying glass and see how they make their living. You will see a life as interesting and strange as you could expect to find on another planet.