1/15/2005

Ant, ants (ari)

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Ant (ari)

***** Location: Japan, worldwide
***** Season: Various, see below
***** Category: Animal


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Explanation

Although ants are with us most of the year, in summer they are at their best and therefore mostly a kigo for all summer.

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Let us look at some ant-related
ALL SUMMER kigo:



ari 蟻 (あり) ant, Ameise
big ant, oo-ari 大蟻
small ant, ko-ari 小蟻


mountain ants, yama-ari 山蟻
large black ant, dai kuro-ari 大黒蟻
red ant, aka-ari 赤蟻
yellow ant, ki-ari 黄蟻


anthill, arizuka, 蟻塚
ant tower, ari no too 蟻の塔

ant queen, joo-oo ari 女王蟻
male ant, osu ari 雄蟻
worker ant, 働蟻

ant trail, ant procession, ant column、line of ants
.. .. ari no michi  蟻の道
.. .. ari no retsu  蟻の列

flying ants, ants with wings, ha-ari, haari, 羽蟻、higi 飛蟻
.. .. hari はり


arimaki 蟻巻 (ありまき) aphid, plant louse
. . . arimaki 蚜虫(ありまき)、aburamushi あぶらむし
Blattlaus


white ants, shiro-ari シロアリ白蟻
..... They are quite a pest and can destroy the wood of a house. So they are destroyed by the pest control squads regularly. One of these companies has erected a "grave for the white ants", in order to pray for the souls of the dead animals. The inscription reads:
"White ants, rest in peace" shiro-ari, yasuraka ni nemure.



http://darumapilgrim.blogspot.com/2004/02/koya-san-in-wakayama.html

Gabi Greve

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kigo for mid-spring

ari ana o izu 蟻穴を出づ (ありあなをいづ)
ants coming out of their hole

.... ari ana o deru 蟻穴を出る(ありあなをでる)
ari izu 蟻出づ(ありいづ) ants coming out (again), ants emerge

Finally it gets warmer and the ants come out looking for food. This kigo shows the joy of springtime.


ants out of a hole —
when did I stop playing
the red toy piano?


Fay Aoyagi, 2006
http://www.modernhaiku.org/essays/Lanoue-FayAoyagiHaiku.html



. Discussion at THF, January 2011


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kigo for mid-autumn

ari ana ni iru 蟻穴に入る(ありあなにいる)
ants going into their holes



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Ant Nests: Ants Love City Living
Ant Nests Read about ants and how they build their nests.

More links about the Ants:
http://www.emints.org/ethemes/resources/S00000793.shtml


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Worldwide use

Germany

Ameisen, Ameisenhaufen, Ameisenhuegel, Ameisenstrasse. Waldameisen.

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North America

There is a well-known professor named Deborah Gordon whose a specialist in ants. Here are
urls for her book, 'Ants at Work', and a page about her research on harvester ants in Arizona.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0684857332/102-7098940-4089726?v=g\lance
http://www.aliciapatterson.org/APF1904/Foster/Foster.html

What we have here in my are of California are Argentinian sugar ants, a highly successful invasive specis that has liminated the native species.

http://www.lalc.k12.ca.us/uclasp/urban_science/urban_bestiary/ant.htm
http://www.insecta-inspecta.com/ants/argentine/


Their hills have multiple queens, and are all apparently genetically identical so they behave as one colony, from one end of California to the other. They are therefore very, very difficult to control and impossible to eradicate. I used to think ants were cute. Not anymore.



Linda Papanicolaou

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CAUTION: CLOSEUP IMAGES OF ANTS--CLICK LINKS AT YOUR OWN RISK!

http://www.uq.edu.au/nanoworld/printfriendly.pl_files/Fire_ant_u_m634285.jpg

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/c/ca/Ant_SEM.jpg



Here is the full url for the second image:
http://july.fixedreference.org/en/20040724/wikipedia/Ant

Linda Papanicolaou


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doodle bug, also known as an ant lion

doodle bug!
the end of the grass stem
drips with spit


(a trick to capturing a doodle bug was to pluck a slim grass stem and wet the pale end with spit and poke it in the center of the doodle bugs funnel shaped nest to trick the hidden bug out of its home... I guess this equivalent in entertainment value back then as the Nintendo"wii" is now?)

Chibi


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Things found on the way


An ant on the move does more than a dozing ox.
Lao Tzu


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HAIKU


Sitting outside the first night after a long winter.
All is so quiet.. the stars amazingly near...

quietude -
an ant is sneezing
in a far galaxy

Gabi Greve, 2005
http://happyhaiku.blogspot.com/2005/04/quietude-and-ant.html

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unknown voices
whispering in the valley -
an ants procession
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unbekannte Stimmen
fluestern im Tal -
Ameisenstrasse

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shiranu koe
tani ni sasayaku
ari no michi

(Japanese by Nakamura Sakuo)

© Haiku by Gabi Greve, 2005

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news alive -
the ants took over
the mail box


lebende Nachrichten -
Ameisen uebernehmen
den Briefkasten

Sticking my hand in the box to get the newspaper as usual, yelling with surprise!

These are the tinywiny ants who make up for their body size in sheer numbers.

With so much rain around, I guess they deserve some shelter.

So, see you tomorrow morning, my million little friends.

Gabi Greve, June 10, 2004
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/happyhaiku/message/34

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.. .. .. Some Ant-Haiku by Issa

夕桜蟻も寝所は持にけり
yûzakura ari mo nedoko wa mochi ni keri

evening cherry blossoms--
the ants also
have a place to sleep


http://cat.xula.edu/issa/searchissa.php?haiku_id=228.03a

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蟻の道雲の峰よりつづきけり
ari no michi kumo no mine yori tsuzuki keri

the ants' road
from peaks of clouds
to here

http://cat.xula.edu/issa/searchissa.php?haiku_id=270.18a

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出るやいな蚯蚓は蟻に引れけり
deru ya ina mimizu wa ari ni hikarekeri

just coming out
the earthworm dragged off
by ants


http://cat.xula.edu/issa/searchissa.php?colors=T&show_c=T&haiku_id=388.03a

Issa

Tr. David Lanoue
Haiga by Nakamura Sakuo

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蟻を殺す殺すつぎから出てくる
ari o korosu korosu tsugi kara dete kuru

I kill an ant
kill the next and the next
as they come out


. Ozaki Hoosai, Ozaki Hosai 尾崎 放哉   


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Dort die Frau am Fluss,
die wackelt mit dem Hintern.
Ameisenhügel


the woman at the river there
waggles her behind -
anthill
(Tr. Gabi Greve)

Jens O. Hoffmann
http://www-public.rz.uni-duesseldorf.de/~zinner/pr1/ameisen.html


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Related words

***** Termites

Wood inhabiting termites
Soil tunnelling termites


The wood-inhabiting termites are the more primitive type. Their colonies consist of excavated galleries inside dead branches or logs. Once the dead wood is consumed the colony dies. Since single pieces of dead wood can not sustain a very large family, their colonies rarely ever number more than a few thousand termites.

These wood inhabiting termites have a primitive type of caste system. Instead of having true workers they have false workers which are older nymphs who have undergone a regressive molt and that temporarily stay in the nest galleries and help their parents to raise more brothers and sisters. The soldiers have enlarged orange heads and long toothed jaws.

The soldier's main purpose is to defend the colony from termite's mortal enemies, the ants. Most nymphs gradually grow wing pads and then transform into winged termites called alates. The alates fly from the colony at a certain time of the year to start new colonies.


Read a lot more about the termites here:
http://www.utoronto.ca/forest/termite/trmts101.htm

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cowless barn
termites, new tenants
......milkweed is dying


peigi

Look at a photo of the old barn here:
http://www.haikupoetshut.com/vishaiku18a.html

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housing termites
the dying tree stands
~rooted


peigi

Look at a photo of the old tree here:
http://www.haikupoetshut.com/vishaiku8a.html




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. flying termites (kumbi kumbi)  Kenya


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***** Fire Ants
Solenopsis invicta

CLICK for more information !

アカカミアリ .. akakami ari
火の蟻 .. hi no ari (a more poetic version)
火蟻 .. hi ari
針蟻 .. hari ari (needle ants)
red fire ants, 紅火蟻
A variety of ants living in the tropics.

The follwing link has a rather graphic picture of a fire ant attack, so be warned!
http://www.desertmuseum.org/invaders/invaders_fireant.htm

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Hawaiian fire ants
hot sting
born of Pele

M. Shanna Moore, Hawaii

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fire ant mounds -
cattle grazing
on crooked paths


- Paul (MacNeil)
http://haiku.cc.ehime-u.ac.jp/shiki.archive/9802/0437.html

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walk in park
... fire ant hills
....... sidestepping

peigi. Florida, US
http://www.worldhaikureview.org/2-2/haikunews_edginko.shtml


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my bathroom blind
red hot ants crawling
all over


kenneth daniels (GY)
Kigo Hotline, June 2009

Guyana
kigo for the wet season


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ANT haiku from Ireland


climbing a rocky ridge
in the sun,
two winged ants

by Anatoly Kudryavitsky
(from 'Morning at Mount Ring', DOGHOUSE Books, 2007)



June afternoon
ants searching for food
on the tiled bathroom wall


by Tasha Smith


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***** arijigoku, ari jigoku 蟻地獄 (ありじごく)
doodlebug, ant lion, antlion

lit. "hell for the ants"
kigo for all summer
suribachi mushi 擂鉢虫(すりばちむし)"mortar insect"
arozusari あとずさり、atosari mushi あとさり虫(あとさりむし)
. . . CLICK here for Photos !
Ameisenlöwe

This is the larvae of the
usuba kageroo 薄翅蜉蝣(うすばかげろう), the weak-winged ephemera
Hagenomyia micans
kigo for late summer


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14 comments:

sakuo said...

Gabi san,
アリの俳画を描かしてくれて、有難う。
この二枚を比べると絵の腕前の進歩が
良くわかります。
まだまだ、修行が必要です。

sakuo

. Gabi Greve said...

hasty ants
make a pathway home
before ant-sunset~


Narayanan Raghunathan

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. Gabi Greve said...

apple-blossom ~
a baby ant hides
from its mother


Narayanan Raghunathan

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. Gabi Greve said...

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storm brewing-
ants move to heights
in quiet silence

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A.Thiagarajan, India

. Gabi Greve said...

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> watching the sunset -
> a tiny ant crawls
> over my big toe

Look at the Photo !

Gabi Greve, July 2006

Discussing the Japanese version, Sakuo

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. Gabi Greve said...

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http://happyhaiku.blogspot.com/2006/07/tiny-ant.html


> watching the sunset -
> a tiny ant crawls
> over my big toe

Gabi Greve

Anonymous said...

Fire ants:

Photos
http://images.google.co.jp/images?hl=en&q=fireants&btnG=Search+Images&gbv=2

Text
http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2007/s1899862.htm

http://wvhigh.eq.edu.au/curriculum/fireants/index.html

Narayanan, India said...


an ant ascends -
a new mountain of
green apples



oru urumpu kerunnu
oru pudiya paccha
applukalude malayil
[ Malayalam ]


oru erumbu eruthu
oru pudoo pachai
applehalin malayil
[Tamizh (Tamil) ]


eko pipeelikaa aarohathi
eko naveena-harithe
aatha-phala parvathe
[Sanskrit, Samskritham, Devanaagari]

lorin said...

high noon
a bull ant at ten paces
from my toes

lorin

bull ants:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bulldog_ant
http://www.faunanet.gov.au/wos/factfile.cfm?Fact_ID=251

anonymous said...

水甕に浮べる蟻の影はなく     

mizugame ni ukaberu ari no kage wa naku

an ant
floating in the water vat
without its shadow

Seishi Yamaguchi 山口誓子


from “Yamaguchi Seishi Kusyu” (Haiku Collection of Seishi Yamaguchi), Modern Haiku Self-selected and Self-interpreted Series Vol. 5, Hakuhosha, Tokyo, 1995

Tr. Fay Aoyagi
http://fayaoyagi.wordpress.com/2009/06/09/todays-haiku-june-9-2009/

Kenya Saijiki Forum said...

Termites haiku from Kenya

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/kenyasaijiki/message/2179

Gabi Greve - WKD said...

室生寺の床下にして蟻地獄
Murooji no yukashita ni shite arijigoku

under the floor beams
of temple Muroo-Ji
the and lions

Takizawa Iyoji 瀧澤伊代次

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about temple Muro-Ji

Gabi Greve - Issa said...

Kobayashi Issa

きのふには一ばいましの羽蟻哉
kinou ni wa ichibai mashi no ha-ari kana

winged ants --
twice as many
as yesterday

This summer hokku is from the 5th month (June) of 1822, a couple of months after the birth of Issa's third son and fourth child, Konzaburo. A young queen ant has apparently succeeded in starting a new ant colony after flying away from her old ant colony. During her flight she mated with several males, and now she has dropped her wings, gone into her underground chamber, and begun to produce the first of millions of young ants that she will produce if the colony remains successful. Since the mating flight of the queen has recently ended, the ants may not be flying around at the moment, though new potential queens and males have wings they will use later. Is Issa noting that ant colonies survive by having a queen produce an astounding number of eggs, while humans are usually born only one by one and at intervals, making human families fragile?

Issa's first three children have died, and now he must be praying for the health of his son Konzaburo -- though the boy will also die young.

Chris Drake

Gabi Greve - Buson said...

Yosa Buson

飛蟻とぶや冨士の裾野ゝ小家より
higi tobu ya fuji no susono no ko-ie yori

winged ants fly -
from a small house
at the foot of Mount Fuji

The cut marker YA is at the end of line 2.

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about Mount Fuji