A single ant or bee isn’t smart, but their colonies are..
A colony can solve problems unthinkable for individual ants, such as finding the shortest path to the best food source, allocating workers to different tasks, or defending a territory from neighbors. As individuals, ants might be tiny dummies, but as colonies they respond quickly and effectively to their environment. They do it with something called swarm intelligence.
Where this intelligence comes from raises a fundamental question in nature:
Peter Miller in National Geographic Magazine | Swarm Theory through Intent Blog | What These Ants Can Teach Us About Problem-Solving
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