11 Hard-Working Animals (With Pictures)

swarm of hard-working animals

When it comes to wild animals, people often think they have it easy.

They do not see how hardworking some of these creatures are. And how important it is for them to keep their efforts to survive.

Numerous species are working nonstop like hard laborers to gather enough food from human sight somewhere in the wild. To build their homes or secure the next generations.

In this article, you will learn more about some of the most hardworking animals we know about and why they are doing it.

List of Hard Working Animals


honeybee on a yellow flower

Honey Bees are widely known as hardworking animals because they fly continuously from flower to flower to collect nectar and pollen. They also produce honey for the hive and us.

Their work is essential to the environment because they pollinate plants. That helps the flowers grow, which allows the domain and provides oxygen.

In addition, they have a complex social structure with a queen, workers, and drones, and they are all above specific rules.

A worker bee may stop on thousands of flowers a day. To collect and later store nectar in wax cells in the hive. 

They work hard during the day and rest at night. Therefore, even tho the bees are working all week long, the amount of honey produced by individuals is not significant.

Interestingly, when a bee is eating, she also picks up pollen from her legs and deposits it onto fertilized eggs for future baby bees.

Without honeybees’ labor, we would experience a shortage of food, a lack of oxygen, and many other problems, so their hard work is extremely important for the planet.


an ant with a heavy load

Ants are significant in the ecosystem because they turn and aerate the soil, allowing water and oxygen to reach plant roots.

They may be tiny, but they can lift as much as fifty times their body weight and carry it back to their nest- something that no other animal can do. 

Ant colonies are also very efficient with tasks, with insects cooperating to work together. Many people find them annoying creatures, as they are literally everywhere.

However, ants have very complex societies, where they take on different roles in group responsibilities.

Some are tasked with finding and collecting food, taking care of eggs, protecting the colony, and even fighting other ants and stealing their larvae.

The most important and hardworking individual is the Queen. She is always busy maintaining a reproductive cycle guaranteeing the colony’s survival by laying eggs nonstop.


brown beaver near the water

The beaver is a hardworking creature that helps to keep the environment clean.

Beavers are the architects of the animal kingdom. They are not only home builders but also dam and canal builders.

The dams that beavers create serve as a natural flood control system against rising rivers by slowing the water flow and keeping water levels higher during drought seasons.

Their work also provides a habitat for many other animals and plants. But aside from that, they protect against predators and provide a safe place to store food and construction materials.

Making a dam is not easy; they have to cut and transport the trees and branches. 

Suppose that’s not enough to prove how hardworking animals they are. Consider that beavers also store branches for food during the winter, eating the underbark and piling it up to create a snow barrier. 

That helps them maintain a temperature inside their lodges that is more to their liking and prevents the water from freezing around the food they have stored.


big earthworm on brown table

Another decomposer on the list breaks down organic matter necessary for the soil and the plants.

Like other species that dig around, they also help aerate the soil and make nutrients available to trees and plants. 

For limbless animals, earthworms are pretty hardworking, and they do an excellent job at their task, even for their size. They spent their whole life making holes in the ground, digging tunnels, and fertilizing. 

However, even if they are incredibly hardworking creatures, their efforts leave minimal results. For example, an average worm needs to spend over ten years digging and aerating about 10-15 cm of dirt.

An interesting fact about them is that they consume their body weight in food for a day each day.


gray shrew walking on the ground

Shrew is one of the most hardworking animals around. They have short, thick fur, usually gray or brown, and are similar to rats.

The underground life has left them with poor eyesight, but that doesn’t bother this animal.

Most of them are nocturnal, meaning they only come out at night.

They have small but sharp claws that help them catch food and dig, making your garden or backyard messy.

You may wonder why messy? Well, shrews can dig underground tunnels and make their way into otherwise inaccessible areas. Most of the time, they gather food.

In a good way, the shrews are essential to your garden. They eat bugs, and they love to eat worms that you can consider troublesome in some cases.

Even tho they can be of use sometimes, due to their immense need for food and the means to find it, shrews are often seen as pests.

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Arctic Terns

black and white arctic tern flying

The Arctic tern is a small bird that lives in the Northern Hemisphere. They have distinctive red short legs and are perfect for fishing beaks.

They are migratory birds, which means they fly from one place to another with the change of the seasons.

These birds are hardworking creatures because they spend their lives in the air (migrating) or fishing for food. Most impressive is that the Arctic tern has more traveled km than all of your cars together. 

Knowing that they fly from the Arctic to the Antarctic circles each year is not surprising.

The Arctic tern can ammas the remarkable amount of over 30,000 traveled kilometers due to its migration routes. Feeling lazy?


purple bowerbird standing on a brown panel

Bowerbirds are medium-sized birds that live mainly in Australia and New Guinea, where they have their most significant populations.

They are so-called because they build elaborate nests of sticks and decorate them with flowers, fruit, pebbles, and whatever you can think of to make it pretty for their partner.

It is an exciting fact that recent studies show that the male bird builds the nest in a somehow exciting way. In which looked from a specific direction, everything including himself, will look bigger and more appealing to his female counterpart.

If you still think that they are not hardworking remember that bowerbirds even spent time decorating the nest design outside to attract females. 


Hummingbird feeding on flower

Hummingbirds are small birds with long, thin beaks and very short legs. They live in the “New World,” not the game but America. 

These animals are unique because they can fly backward, up, down, and sideways. They also can hover in place and can fly very fast.

You can often see these small and beautiful birds in ads or documentary movies. But did you have any idea how hardworking this tiny creature is?

They flap with their wings about 80 times each second like a natural birdy sprinter. These efforts make them look for food constantly and ensure their survival. 

Another aspect that shows how hardworking this animal is is the fact that a mother hummingbird can spend weeks working on its nest. 

That can be very interesting, as they use plants to form their home. And end up bounding it all together with spiderwebs. 


salmon jumping out of water

Salmon is one of the most well-known fish for documental and culinary reasons.

They can be found in many different colors, mainly because they change it during their journey from salt to freshwater, where they go for mating.

You may wonder how they are hardworking animals?

Let’s say they have to travel from the ocean to a freshwater basin where they hatched. For the journey, they need stored fats (which, given their numbers, is hard). 

On top of that, a salmon has to fight a trip. Similar to that of a hero battling a demon lord in a novel. 

They have to pass along paths dealing with exhaustion, hungry bear, nets, and scheming fishers planning to catch them out and bring them to the market.

And even if they succeed, all that awaits them is leaving a generation and passing away, becoming food for other creatures.


big brown vulture with orange head flying

Often misunderstood, vultures are some of the most hated and disgusted birds in the world. But the truth is, these birds are extremely important for our planet, as they play a key role in our ecosystem.

Vultures should be admired for their hard work and the ability to devour rotten animal flesh and keep the environment clean from various diseases.

We can all agree that eating animal carcasses is pretty disgusting, but thanks to their ugly work, diseases like rabies and tuberculosis are stopped in their tracks from spreading throughout our habitat.

Unfortunately, vultures are critically endangered birds due to poaching, as they are used in traditional medicine.

If we do not want our planet to be filled with diseases, we should raise awareness and protect these hard-working animals.


The last members on our list of hard-working animals are termites.

There are about 2,000 species of termites in the world, and they live in colonies that can be made up of more than a million individuals.

The termite is an insect that is often considered a pest.

However, they are essential to the environment but not humans (who hates them), as they play a crucial role in decomposing plants and even trees. In other words, termites are critical for the health of forests. 

Their hard work is appreciated because they also aerate and improve the soil by undergrounding their colonies.

Termites are working around the clock. They are looking for food to consume, and there is no time off for them, giving them a place in this ranking.