I never killed ants with a magnifying glass. It seemed too cruel. I did like picking them up and throwing them into spider webs. That was awesome.
lol, you missed out with the magnifying glass thing, though the real fun to be had was with grasshoppers, they’d detonate with a satisfying pop when you put them under the glass.
Never did that with bugs. ‘Round here, grashoppers are good bait. If I’m going to kill a grashopper, it’s going to be to kill a fish.
I used to pick up ants and drop them into antlion nests. It was fun to watch nature at work.
I never burned a grasshopper. Catching them and feeding them to chickens, though: that’s fun. Especially when it’s a big grasshopper they can’t swallow in one bite, so they have to run around, playing keep away until they can get it down.
Ants go pop!
I dripped ammonia or bleach on them. It disrupts their pheromone trails, driving them insane as communication breaks down. Like a biological EMP.
I never had a real magnifying glass, or at one that was capable of doing anything. I did however manage to destroy methods that involved lots of acidic substances and fireworks. It… didn’t turn out so well…
Spiders are sometimes actually afraid of the ants. They seem to know there’s always more somewhere, or something. We dropped one on a wolf spider web once, and rather than strike directly, the spider circled it, lunged at it, and did that nightmare-inducing “rear the front legs up to show the fangs” thing. I didn’t know spiders actually did that.
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