Antics of Ants Mark DuBois
Contrary to reports from Aesop and Solomon, ants are neither industrious nor as wise as once believed. When one tracks daily activities for an individual ant, one discovers that most of their time (greater than two-thirds) is spent resting. For some species, resting time approaches 80% of their adult life. When an individual ant rises from a period of resting, she stretches and acts sluggish for a brief period of time. The frenzied activity one observes near the entrance to the nest represents the activity of many individual ants. Each performs a few tasks, then retires into the nest while another performs a few additional tasks (and so forth). This is not to say ants are unworthy of further study. Personally, I find them fascinating. A few examples are shared below.