Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Once Again, Texas Leads the Way

Destructive ants marching on San Antonio | Latest News |
KENS5.com
: "A destructive menace is heading west on I.H. 10 with San Antonio in its sites. It's the crazy Raspberry ant that was first spotted in Houston in 2002. No one knows where it came from or how to control it but it reproduces faster than any insect experts have ever seen.

'This is an alien species,' says Sam Houston State University Entomologist Dr. Jerry Cook. 'This is in higher densities than any other insects I've ever seen. They number in the billions and cover everything around them."

11 comments:

Jerry House said...

Where's Leiningen when you need him?

Bill Crider said...

Jerry, I wonder how many of us will get that comment. I remember hearing at least one version of that story on radio, and I saw the movie version with Charlton Heston. But I'm an old guy.

Anonymous said...

It's a much better as a radio show. Makes me glad the only thing we have to worry about in WA state is yellow jackets.
B.Barrett

Fred Blosser said...

As if they aren't bad enough in the economy size, pray to God some of them don't wander over to the Cosmic Ray Station on Sulfur Mtn. and emerge as giAnts.

I wonder if "the crazy Raspberry ant" is the actual scientific name?

As I recall, "Leningen vs the Ants" was in my 9th or 10th grade literature text.

Bill Crider said...

That was clearly a lot better text than I ever had when I was a kid.

Cap'n Bob Napier said...

As the king of typos I shouldn't mention they used "sites" instead of "sights," but I can't resist.

All I can say is, "Quick, Watson, the Flit!"

Jerry House said...

Fred, it was in my 7th grade English book.

Bill Crider said...

Cap'n Bob: They're TV people, so you shouldn't expect too much.

Jerry: You and Fred both had better textbooks than I did.

Anonymous said...

Didn't Crazy Rasberry Ants open for Jimi Hendrix?

Marabunta!Jeff

Rick Robinson said...

Don't think it's a good time to take your tailer out to camp in the desert, especially with a few bags of sugar in it...

But, please, maybe THIS time we can keep the things away from L.A.??

Bill Crider said...

They'll come there only if there's a movie involved.