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Picnic with ants by Mark W. Moffett

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"Picnic with ants" is a 2012 science fiction short story by Mark W. Moffett. It is about a man who is studying some very peculiar ants.

More Ants!

I’ll admit it – I am a sucker for stories involving ants and other small insects. I’ve read quite a few good ones lately, and here is another excellent one to add to the list!

Non-Spoiler Summary

Ant by Bulldog Pottery, CC 2.0 license

Gerry Blandsides is working on a postdoctoral grant studying ants in Namibian mud wallows. As we listen to his tape recordings we find that Gerry’s work starts out very boring indeed, but after he kills a fly and the ants cook it and offer it to him things begin to change. The ants turn out to be very helpful – in fact they may be a little too helpful!

Some Interesting Tidbits

  • Word count: 855 (3 pages)
  • Special thanks to Tinkoo at Variety SF for recommending this awesome little story!

Where To Find Picnic with ants

  • This short story first appeared on February 15, 2012 at the Nature.com website – where you can still read it for free.

Craving More SF Stories Like This One?

If you liked "Picnic with ants" then you may also enjoy “Fungal Gardens” by Ekaterina Sedia – about a college professor and his cop partner who discover a deadly fungus affecting geeks!