Leafcutter ants carrying leaves

Leafcutter ants carrying leaves

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Credit: BOB GIBBONS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Leafcutter ant workers (Atta cephalotes) carrying leaves. These ants are carrying leaves to their nest, which they use to cultivate a fungus as a food source. The ants have a mutual relationship with the fungus, which grows in their underground nests. Photographed in Costa Rica.

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