|A foraging ant.|
|An ant and her shadow.|
|Ants following a scent trail.|
|Ants deciding if they are friends or enemies.|
Ants are extremely important creatures on Earth. They live in the soil and on trees and other plants, and they help recycle nutrients in ecosystems. Ants build soil, eat pest organisms, and provide food for other insects and for birds. Some plants are pollinated by ants, and some seeds are dispersed by them too. E. O. Wilson has estimated that ants account for about the same amount of mass on Earth as humans do! I wonder which has had a greater impact on our planet. I know humans have built cities and houses and reshaped the ecosystems, but ants have built the soil that all other terrestrial ecosystems are built on.