Leafcutter Ant Life

You are standing in the middle of the rain forest, when you notice a line of green leaves that look like they are dancing. What is happening? You may have stumbled across a line of leafcutter ants, carrying plant pieces back to their nest and their garden. Learn about leafcutter ants, how they garden, and some of the dangers they face.

Learn more about ant colonies in our story Secrets of a Superorganism.

Leafcutter ant trail

Leafcutter ants are farmers, carrying plant material back to their nest to feed a growing fungus.

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