Sunday, March 15, 2009

~ Ants – the most successful social insects in the world! ~

Ants are one of the most social insects in this world. They live together, work together, and fight with the enemy together to save their colony. They can also chat, share their experiences between each other! You will be amazed to know that ants are take care of their infants, buried the dead ants and they have also domestic pets to collect food as like human being who have cows to collect milk!

For these mentioned behaviors we can say that ants are the most successful social insects.

Even most of the religious holy books mentioned that the ants are the most intelligent species of this world. As for example;

In Holy Qur’an, it is stated in an Ayat that Hadhrat Sulayman (Alayhis salaam), with his hosts of Jinn, men and birds and they marched in arranged groups till they reached the Valley of Ants, then one of the ants said: ‘Oye ants, get into your habitations, lest Solomon and his hosts crush you (Under foot) without knowing it.” (Al-Qur’an 27:17-18).

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According to the Holy Bible, the ants have a superior intelligence, which is almost second to man’s? As written in Proverbs 6:6-10: “Go to the ant, thou sluggard, consider her ways, and be wise; Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth, her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? When will thou arise out of thy sleep? Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep.” 

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In recent times, research has shown us several facts about the lifestyle of ants, which were not known earlier to mankind. Research has shown that the animals or insects whose lifestyle is closest in resemblance of the lifestyle of human beings are the ants. This can be seen from the following findings regarding ants:

  • The ants bury their dead in a manner similar to the humans.
  • They have a sophisticated system of division of labour.
  • Once in a while they meet among themselves to have a ‘chat’.
  • They have an advanced method of communication among themselves.
  • They hold regular markets wherein they exchange goods.
  • They store grains for long periods in winter and if the grain begins to bud, they cutthe    roots, If the grains stored by them get wet due to rains, they take these grains out into the sunlight to dry, and once these are dry, they take them back inside. 

Another remarkable trait of ants is their industry. One can never see a sleeping ant. Have you seen one? That is why an ant is being used as a paragon of industry. Which is written into the holy Bible in Proverbs 6:6-10 (mentioned above).

So, Let us not be lazy; let us not be sluggards. It is not good to be one.

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