Ants live and work in the vast and seemingly indefinable prairie.
Their actions, however minute, contribute to the shaping of unfamiliar territories.
Ants thrive on conflicting tendencies, acting both as individuals and as part of a collective super-organism.
“The social insects, especially ants, have been sources of all kinds of parables, giving lessons in industry, interdependence, altruism, humility, frugality, patience. They have been employed to instruct us in the whole range of our institutional virtues, from the White House to your neighborhood savings bank.” – Lewis Thomas, The Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher
“Ants are a little-noticed but important part of the tallgrass prairie fauna.” – James C. Trager, “An Introduction to Ants (Formicidae) of the Tallgrass Prairie,” in Missouri Prairie Journal, republished by U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
“Ants are the number one pest problem in the country.” – Orkin Pest Control
“It is unrealistic and impractical to attempt to totally eliminate ants from an outdoor area.” – University of California Integreated Pest Management Program