Kids & Nature Connection | Explore the interesting world of ants

Submitted on Tue, 04/23/2019 - 10:44

When I was around 9, I spent countless hours after school watching two colonies of ants on my sidewalk. They marched in meandering lines along the sidewalk, collecting food and carrying it back to the entrance holes to their nests.

When two ants met, they tapped each other all over with their little antennae before passing by. Eventually, two ants from the different colonies would meet, and a battle would start, sometimes escalating into a war. It was like watching an epic movie on a tiny scale.

Kids are naturally fascinated by ants, just like I was. Let’s explore some ways to use that fascination to foster a love of nature.

A little bit about ants

There are more than 12,000 species of ants in the world, and here in Washington, we have many different kinds. Though they can be a pest in the house, most ants help our environment by controlling other insects, aerating the soil, and turning dead animals and plants into rich soil.

Read the full article in the Wenatchee World