Ants aren’t loved by many, especially when they invade the house. However, one of the most common and arguably fascinating species in Mediterranean areas like ours is the Harvester (Messor barbarus), which won’t be remotely interested in heading for your kitchen in search of meaty or sugary tidbits.

Henry Shaftoe talks us through another architectural style, evident across the P-O: a sort of rough-hewn look that makes use of local materials: rough hewn rocks, huge pebbles (cailloux) and flattened bricks, (confusingly known as cayroux).

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