A Biological version of a New York City traffic jam, the rainforest along Rio Napo in Ecuador comes alive with insect and amphibian #biodiversity at night. We can't wait to show off some of our observations of diurnal avian biodiversity once we offload photos from our cameras! Until then, we hope the insects will do. #millipede#leafcutterants
Well Ant That Somethin’ - Leaf Cutter Ants are pretty amazing creatures. They can carry 20 times their own weight. Colonies can grow to 8 million ants and hundreds of feet in diameter over several years, rivaling human societies in their size and complexity. They are farmers, feeding leaves to cultivate a symbiotic fungus that feeds their young. They can completely defoliate a tree in 24 hrs. Of all the amazing creatures I saw in Costa Rica, I think I’m most fascinated by these little guys....
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In a mature leafcutter colony, ants are divided into castes, based mostly on size, that perform different functions. Acromyrmex and Atta exhibit a high degree of biological polymorphism, four castes being present in established colonies—minims, minors, mediae, and majors. Majors are also known as soldiers or dinergates. Atta ants are more polymorphic than Acromyrmex, meaning comparatively less difference occurs in size from the smallest to largest types of Acromymex.
Minims are the smallest workers, and tend to the growing brood or care for the fungus gardens. Head width is less than 1 mm.
Minors are slightly larger than minima workers, and are present in large numbers in and around foraging columns. These ants are the first line of defense and continuously patrol the surrounding terrain and vigorously attack any enemies that threaten the foraging lines. Head width is around 1.8–2.2 mm.
Mediae are the generalized foragers, which cut leaves and bring the leaf fragments back to the nest.
Majors, the largest worker ants, act as soldiers, defending the nest from intruders, although recent evidence indicates majors participate in other activities, such as clearing the main foraging trails of large debris and carrying bulky items back to the nest. The largest soldiers (Atta laevigata) may have total body lengths up to 16 mm and head widths of 7 mm. #ants#antsofinstagram#leafcutterants#leafcutter#nature#naturephotography#animals#insects#insectsofinstagram#savetheanimals#costarica#puravida#instagram#centroamerica#photography#practice#justmessingaround#munch#rainforest#savetherainforest#amazing#amazinganimals
These little leafcutter ants have been growing colossal fungus gardens from harvested fresh-cut leaves for over 10 million years.
Compared to our paltry 10,000 yrs of agriculture, these guys rule.
More than a half dozen of their well-trodden paths sliced across the bike trail, stretching along it more than 100ft.
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Looking for something fun to do? Visit The Schiele Museum and see our new Leafcutter Ant display!
Leafcutter ants forage for leaves and carry fragments back to the colony in order to cultivate a symbiotic fungus that becomes their primary food source.
Comment below with your leafcutter ant questions and we’ll answer a few in an upcoming post!
Selbstgezogener Pilz (Leucoagaricus gongylophorus) der von den Arbeiterinnen mit den Blättern und Blüten von Rosengewächsen sowie Früchten kultiviert wird. Spezielle Eiweißkörper auf den Pilzhyphen werden geerntet und an und Brut verfüttert.
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Its amazing to think how much biomass must be moved and cycled through forests by these creatures everyday. Leafcutter ants have vast complex societies with millions of individuals, huge underground nests that stretch to 80m, can lift 20 times their own bodyweight and actively cultivate and farm their own fungus?! Some fungal species have been domesticated so well that they no longer produce spores but swellings that feed the ants, and no longer exist as species themselves outside of the ant colonies. #domestication#cultivation#farming#biomass#fungus#leafcutterants#symbiosis#antstagram#ecuador#biodiversity