Ants move about their work with passionless, relentless purpose, and we should consider ourselves lucky that they don’t act in concert the world over. Ants have a larger population than any other animal species, which could make them an existential threat if they ever decided to band together.
Imagine living this from the ants perspective! There’s a fantastic Sci-Fi trilogy about ants written by a french author. It’s called The Trilogy of the Ants (La Trilogie des Fourmis), by Bernard Werber. The author masterfully describes with scientifically-accurate details every aspect of the ant’s lives and how they view the world, humans, other animals and even how they progress and discover how to manipulate water to create canals or other insects (like rhinoceros beetles as tanks) as weapons of war.
The fiercest warriors on earth are the slave maker ants. Other ants have barracks and sentry posts to protect themselves against surprise attack.
Grass-cutter ants had once created this former colony. Over the course of three days, scientists pumped 10 tons of cement into the empty ant hill. After weeks of digging, the scientists revealed the colony’s intricate and impressive structure. It’s amazing!
They are the real success story. It is only their tiny size and our vanity that allows us to hold onto the myth of our supremacy. Ants rule the planet. They are found in more habitats from far northern Finland to the sweltering tropics.