What’s between 65 and 145 million years old? Ants! They live everywhere in the world except Antarctica and several very remote islands. They live in a colony, a huge organism where the ants work in a uniform way for the collective good. Each ant has a task. The Queen lays a bazillion eggs. The wingless females (workers) take care of the young, clean the nest and protect the community. The males have one task – to mate with the queen and then die. Ants have inspired writers like Mark Twain and poets like Robert Frost. They have been featured in big animated classics like Antz and A Bug’s Life.
With over 10,000 species of ants identified, you can be sure that some of them make their home in the Blackstone Heritage Corridor and will be looking to enjoy your summer picnics!