Monday, June 09, 2008
Summer time must be right around the corner. It was a beautiful day with clear blue skies and everybody and everything was scurrying around with an extra bounce. I even got across Lake Maria without having to float the car across. Smile. I was loaded with plants given to me by Sr. Dagaberto and his family on a visit to their orchid farm in Mararu yesterday. Cleuson broke away from his walkway construction to get everything planted and I took off on the lower trail to have another look at the tachi cauaçu tree pictured in the previous post. You'll remember that I had a question about the portals, which seemed to be sealed off from tachi ant movement. A closer look proved that to be the case. Nearly all of them were closed in a rustic cauterizing fashion. But there were lots of ants moving about, so they were using other entrances. Sure enough, on the other side of the tree, I found one of the gates to the castle. I didn't succeed in getting a good pictures, but you can see one of the little buggers coming out of the hole. I never touched the tree, but in act of taking pictures, I felt one bite into my right arm. In no time at all that area of skin turned a blushing red. These ants are known for their painful bites. I remember an entomologist from the Goeldi Museum in Belem once telling me that some people with rheumatism actually consider the bites to be a form of treatment. Hum.