Leaf cutter ants

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Our ants are ethically sourced from the wild, collected from agricultural land in Central America where they would normally be killed by farmers prior to crop planting.  These farmers are subsidised for locating and reporting the colonies instead of spraying them.

Leaf cutter ants don’t eat leaves, instead they take them back to the nest where they grow fungus, which they eat.

An ant can move over 50 times their own body weight!

Leaf cutter ants are so called because they have sharp jaws that they use to cut leaves into tiny pieces.

They carry the leaf parts back to their nests where the pieces decay. Fungus grows in the decaying leaves, and the ants eat this fungus.

The fungus they cultivate on their leaf clippings can only be found in their colonies and nowhere else.

The nests can house thousands of ants and has many tunnels and chambers.  More than 1,000,000 ants may live in each nest.

Leaf cutter ants can easily be spotted by the long lines they create as they carry their leafy supplies. These lines can be up to 30 metres long!

All ants have different things to do in the nest, whether they are workers (who collect the leaves), guards, soldiers or reproducers.