Ants play surprising roles in the larger world around them. Here’s the first of a series of posts highlighting the ways ants are hard at work.
Army ants have a reputation as destroyers. As they march through the jungle in battalions several thousand-strong, they supposedly kill all in their path. But this infamy is overblown. There’s no doubting their success as predators, but army ants also bring life wherever they march. They have an entourage of over 550 species that hang around their legions, of which 300 or so depend on the ants for their survival.
And we’re not just talking about mites and creatures smaller than the ants. Birds and butterflies also follow and rely on them.