All of a sudden the black ants are busy, and everywhere the sun-warmed pavements show evidence of their underground industry:
I am fascinated by ants – who wouldn't be? – but I also suffer from an irrational dread of anything that swarms or clusters. I try not to indulge this fear, but nevertheless Flying Ant Day is not an easy one for me.
For now, though, the ants are mostly safe underground, creating impressively complex societies using their unimaginable collective mind: one reminder among many that we are lucky enough still to live with aliens among us.