Was out walking in the park today, came across a tree, and me being me I thought "Hey lets try climbing this thing for fun." But something strange struck me, the tree was completely devoid, as in COMPLETELY, of any bark. On the trunk, on the branch, no bark anywhere, pure albino. Well, I reasoned, maybe it's just born that way. But then I look down, and I see the remnants of some bark wrapping around the tree's base. (Greyish colour). Huh. And I also saw approximately 7 massive slightly orange ants tumbling through an ant hole. I'm not a large fan of ants, especially since I had pretty much been standing on their nest for a couple of minutes, so I hastily backed off.
Here's where my mind kicked in though, how did the tree become barkless? For some background, I live in Sydney, NSW, Australia, and it's pretty darn hot here, nearly Summer. MAYBE the wind blew it off? (but there hasn't been any wind lately) Only logical explanation was THE ANTS DID IT. Do ants really eat the bark off trees like this?
Dang that's a big picture. You can sort of see if you look closely the remains of the bark at the bottom. Been to this park before, and I'm 75% sure the tree was not albino back then.