Ants may account for a quarter of all terrestrial animal matter, about the same as humans. They’re found everywhere except Antarctica .
E. O.Wilson writes, “Eusociality, was one of the major innovations in the history of life,….comparable to the conquest of land by aquatic animals, ....it created superorganisms, the next level of biological complexity above that of organisms……All animal species that have achieved eusociality, without exception, at first built nests and defended them.” This , of course includes us.
Over a period of a day assisted by Filip Celander I took a series of still photographs of the Rough Harvester Ants , Pogonomyremex rugosus , removing green glass beads that I trickled into their nest. The 6,600 still photographs have been animated into a video projection loop of 3 minutes 40 seconds that I am calling Eusocial Ring.