Harvester Ants

Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones.  Learn from their ways and become wise!  Though they have no prince or governor or ruler to make them work, they labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter.”                –Proverbs 6: 6 – 8    “There are four things on earth that are small but unusually wise: Ants—they aren’t strongbut they store up food all summer.” –Proverbs 30: 24 – 25

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1.  Solomon culminates his discussion on ants by noting how they store their “supplies in the summer, and gather food in the harvest”.

2.  Today we have whole classes of ants that are referred to as “harvester ants” because they do exactly that. “Harvester ant nests are easy to spot. A mound up to 70 cm across made of clipped grass and plant stems marks the site of the nest. Inside the nest are several separate storage areas called ‘granaries’. The granaries hold seeds that the ants have collected and are saving for future meals … the main sources of food for harvester ants are the seeds of different types of grasses.” 1