Leaf-cutter ants, suburban sprawl

April 26, 2006

You have to respect leaf-cutter ants. Bit by bit they slice off the leaves of a tree, carrying to distant nests many times their body weight in little green sections along the tropical-forest floor, relentlessly.

It is impressive to witness the operations of an ecosystem by the tiniest of creatures and leads one to consider how the human spirit puts metal to dreams of wealth and success in building livable communities in natural landscapes.

Leaf-cutter ants are as focused and unstoppable as Florida’s builders, consuming one green field after another for subdivisions and related commercial development. Read the rest of this entry »