Articles by Jayshree Vencatesan

Jayshree Vencatesan is an ecologist with the Care Earth Trust, a Chennai-based biodiversity and conservation organization.

According to legend, King Solomon had a brief encounter with a “valley of ants” and his admiration for them led him to value all life forms. The resilience of ants is seen in the way they quickly adapt to changing conditions of the environment and their ability to colonise new habitats. It is further evident in the fact that there is practically no habitat, including the most developed cities, where there are no ants. Little is known about the diversity of ants in Chennai and there is a dearth of scientific studies on this. However, from what little is known,…

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