In this study I will try to observe and evaluate the concept of Socialism in One Country through a long term study of a colony of ants.
So I got me an ant. She is a Lasius Flavus, named Eleanor. I needed a name of a great female that had a genetic value so I chose one of the Marx sisters. Eleanor, shortened to Ella, Elly or Nor. Hmm Noor. Nour. Yep, Nour, meaning light, briliance or radiance. Eleanor is a small ant even for her spieces, about 5.7 mm (normally they’re 7 to 9 mm).
So she arrived in a testube with a moist cottonball. I wanted to make sure she got settled as soon as possible so I connected another testube, rigged with water, end to end to her travelling tube. After only half an hour she started exploring her new home. But it took her about twenty four hours to move over to her new tube.
That also the pace of myrmecologi; You spent hours watching her do nothing then decide to du something new. Then you wait to see if something happens. I decided to give her some honey water. Now, I don’t know if she is claustral or ”semi-claustral”. That is, I dont’t know if she is the type of girl that says ”Fuck all” during her first pregnancy ”I won’t go outside untilmy first daughters are with me!” or if she woud like some food. (I’m quite sure she’s not non-claustral – that is, she wont go out hunting.)
But I do know that she is fossorial and shy. So I set up a system to encourage her to move in. I hid the new home in an old cigar tube. Then I put a weak torch to shine on the travel tube. Then comes the long wait.