(Pro 6:6) Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:
Where I have moved in Texas we have a scourge called fire “ants” (5244). They can build hills over night at any location. I have had some over a foot across and four or five inches high. One of the things that this type ant does is defend the home nest. I am told to make sure that I don’t stand on one of their mounds because they will swarm me and, if my information is correct, they will wait until some mysterious signal and start biting at the same time. The pain of the bite is where they get their name.
I am sure that Solomon does not want us to go out and start biting people like it is a zombie apocalypse. Here he talks about being industrious and in the next verse he praises how they gather food. We could also praise their cooperation and defense of their homes.
So? Lessons in life are all around us if we will but look.