The life cycle of wood ants (Formica polyctena) in relation to their environment.

The wood ant’s economy is driven by the power of the sun. The sun’s influence changes every season, causing specific behavior of the individual ants and the ant’s society as a whole. Every year starts when the winter ends and the sun starts to shine bright. The ants wake up from their bio-pause and go out to get a glimpse of the first powerful sunlight. They warm up, take this energy inside the nest and prepare the colony for a new season.

During the season the colony gathers massive amounts of food and distributes soil and vegetables from one place to another, including seeds. During the summer months the nests of the poly-dome colony are rebuilt, relocated and reconnected, as a reaction to changes in their environment.

At the end of the year the ants move back inside their nests. Inefficient nests are abandoned, the nests get disconnected from each other. The ants glide into their next bio-pause, a time of strict energy management. By slowing down and closing the nest, they can save energy and survive even the hardest winter. A lot of the materials moved to the nests will digest. This process fertilizes soil while there is a need for ants to renew and rebuilt the nests in the next season.

The woodants’s circular economy is powered by the sun, is fully balanced with local resources while the dynamics enables them to respond to changes in their environment.

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