May. 20, 2020

A welcome invasion

Celebrating the industry of ants all over again! Last year I spotted a prairie trillium (T. recurvatum) in a place where I thought I planted a red trillium (T. erectum). This is a threatened species in Michigan, and certainly not unwelcome. This year I found eight plants, spread across about 50 feet in that shade garden. Trillium seeds have sweet attachments that attract insects, mostly ants. Ants carry those seeds to their homes, discarding the seeds when they're done. Every spring we get a few ants in the house. Now I have a new appreciation of their activity.