Saturday, February 20, 2010
Your worst nightmare; their greatest joy
These are termites.
You know, those things you spend hundreds of dollars of years fighting against to protect your property.
Thursday, here was "coming out" day - or the first of many so I hear.
The large ones coming out of the ground with the large wings fly away and the small, worker ones left, supposedly die.
As the large ones are coming out of the ground (which they do heavily on one day, and every now and then for a few weeks) the African people try to catch them. Here is one trap built by a small girl outside our gate in the middle of the road. My kids watched.
Then my kids went back in the compound, got containers, and tried to catch them for fun, but our watchman would grab one and eat it.
Did you get that part?
This little girl (and every kid in the county) was singing the word for "termite" over and over "calling them out" of their hole. This singing went on for HOURS. I wish you could have heard the neighborhood.
I have a small recording of the girl singing, but I think I will have to wait until tomorrow morning to load it when the internet is better.
Here she is eating a snack before she takes her cup full home to her mom.