The ants around us

It takes a village    
There are over 700 ant species in North America. Nature’s premier recyclers, they constantly mix nutrients and decaying matter into the soil to be readily broken down. They aren’t working alone, however. The small mound at the entrance of an ant colony hides a labyrinth of interconnected tunnels home to perhaps hundreds of thousands of residents. Ant are…



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  1. Naim on September 20, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    I studied ants in graduate school 🙂 I specifically looked at their diversity in urban gardens in Ann Arbor based on management and environmental variables:

    One cool fact you didn’t mention are pretty much all ants are female; males are only bred when it’s time to mate.

    Thank you for all that you do, and I’m delighted to know a childhood classmate and friend who grew up to do conservation, sustainable agriculture work!

    • sprigglys on September 24, 2018 at 6:45 pm

      Thanks for the fact! Also thank you for the link, it is very interesting. I would love to talk to you more about your studies, send an email to if you ever get some free time and want to talk about ants.

      I hope that you are able to have your own garden, urban or otherwise, filled with ants and other creatures!

    • sprigglys on October 2, 2018 at 12:30 am

      PS: Hey Naim, this is Jill! Brannen, my husband, is the nature expert – I just love learning and promoting as much information as I can! Thank you so much for your kind words. I am so happy to have a childhood classmate that so appreciates what we are trying to do!

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