If biologists’ best guess proves correct, these ants raise their insect herds for meat, not milk – the first example of meat farmers other than humans. And that’s not all. The insects they cultivate may be the best example of true domestication outside of our crop plants.
Of course, we should wait for the work to pass through peer-review into the technical literature before drawing any firm conclusions.
I’d not be surprised, though, if meat-farming by ants turns out to be true. After all, some ants actively farm fungi and others herd scale insects. What’s yet another Ants-Invented-It-First story?