It's not that I like ants. If you've ever been stung by a larger ant, you quickly come to realize that it's altogether wiser if you stay out of their path. So we've kind of made an unspoken pact, that if I stay out of their way, they'll stay out of mine. Of course I'll try and avoid stepping in their path, but sometimes one does it unwillingly - and that's when I got stung, ouch!!! That taught me a lesson as to not be so disrespectful as to step in their tracks. You'll probably laugh, but it did indeed teach me a lesson. Now, if I walk in a nature area, I make sure to observe my path!
Anyway, as with all animals I always find a quality which is admirable. For sure you could call ants focused and determined. As with these ants when they found a few scattered cat food pellets. On this photo they're trying to drag the pellets up the step. It took them a long while. They kept dropping the heavy load, but went back down and picked it up and started all over. The big ant just grabbed it with it's fangs and dragged it up whilst walking backwards. Pretty amazing if you look at the size of it. I hope they got to enjoy part of the meal after all the hard work!!