03 November 2005
From A Bestiary of Imaginary Species edited by Nenad Dragicevic: Wameker
The wameker produces a natural insecticide in its urine which it deploys in a perimeter at the base of certain species of nut trees. Wamekers thus protect the trees from destruction by hungry insects. In return, the trees produce fruit that only wamekers can digest. A wameker lives its entire life in the trunk of one of these nut trees. The best time to observe wamekers is during a cloudburst. They line up on the branches, toungues catching raindrops, like a string of light bulbs. Wamekers drop to the ground when they die. Ants carry them off and eat them.