Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary is located at the foothills of Himalayas in the West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh. The sanctuary which was earlier popular for its collection of avian species has recently recorded 200 species of ants. Now ants have become the star attraction usurping the birds at the sanctuary.
A study conducted by Aniruddha Marathe discovered this interesting development. The researcher informed that the study on ants was undertaken because of the diverse ecological roles they play. He first went to the sanctuary on a reconnaissance visit and carried out the actual sampling during 2013 and 2014. Incidentally, this is the first such ecological study of ants at the Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary.
The mountain range of the eastern Himalayas is a good place for biodiversity exploration. Ants are a social insect from the family Formicidae. They evolved from wasp-like ancestors around 110 to 130 million years ago after the rise of flowering plants.
Source: Roopak Goswami