Leafcutter ants cross bridge in Amazon rainforest of Ecuador

EcuadorMegadiversoPublished: January 23, 2018Updated: January 24, 20183,420 views
Published: January 23, 2018Updated: January 24, 2018

These leafcutter ants filmed near Puyo in the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador carry leaves to their colony's fungus garden. The wingless worker ants are females. Each ant can carry up to 50 times its own body weight. This is equivalent to a man carrying a van over his head!

Leafcutter ants cut foliage into pieces. Since they cannot digest plants themselves they carry them to their underground colonies, where they grind up the material and inoculate it with a fungus. The harvested fungus is then used as a food source for the ant colony. Therefore leafcutter ants are also called fungus-growing ants.

By the way there are more than 1 million ants for each human on Earth and the total mass of all the ants is roughly equal to the mass of all the people on Earth.

Ecuador is one of 17 megadiverse countries, it actually has the highest biodiversity per square kilometer of any nation, with over 1660 species of birds, some 4000 species of butterflies and thousands of colorful moths, more than 500 amphibians, as well as a unique flora with e.g. over 4300 species of orchids.

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