Myrmekes were gigantic ants which could grow somewhere in size larger than foxes and yet smaller than that of dogs. Myrmekes were native to India and were attracted to bright shiny objects especially gold. The earliest reports of these creatures come from Herodotus around fifth century B.C. It is said that the local tribes would grab gold and rush away for fear of the giant ants. While it is generally accepted that India is the home of the Myrmekes, Philostratus stated in Life of Apollonius of Tyana (first century A.D to second century A.D.) That these creatures could be found as close to Greece as what is modern day Ethiopia.