Leafcutter ants

Leafcutter ants

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Credit: J.P. VARIN/JACANA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Leafcutter ants. Close-up of three leafcutter ants (Atta cephalotes) on a twig. They are carrying leaf fragments to their nest. These ants search for leaves from certain tree species, perhaps travelling hundreds of metres from their nest. Once the leaves have been cut into small pieces by their powerful jaws, the fragments are carried deep within the nest, where they are chewed up and used to feed a particular species of fungus. The ants harvest and eat this fungus. These ants live in tropical rainforests in South and Central America, as well as in southern parts of Texas, USA.

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Keywords: animal, ant, atta cephalotes, carrying leaf, colony, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, leafcutter, leafcutter ant, nature, three, twig, wildlife, with leaves, working, zoology

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