In this course, you will learn that not all ants are the same, as people tend to think. Even in your yard you can find at least a couple of different species. In the course, you will learn that there are more than 12000 species of ants in the world. All animals on this planet, including you, are likely to encounter ants at some stage because of their abundance. In this course, you will learn why they are so abundant and why they are important for our planet. You will also learn that only few ants are pests and when they become such. You will also explore how ants communicate, how they build their nests and much more. The second part of this course is a practical work. In this part, we will use a standardised ant sampling method in order to explore ant importance in your local environment.