Weekly Photo Challenge: Tiny

November 12, 2016 at 9:13 am 4 comments

Leafcutter Ants

Location: Rio Blanco National Park, Belize

The air was pregnant with rain when we arrived at the Rio Blanco National Park in Belize. While walking on the wet grassy path, I noticed some green stuff moving around. On close inspection, I found that they were actually small pieces of leaves carried by leafcutter ants.

These ants can be found in South and Central America, Mexico, and parts of the United States. They collect leaves to create fungus gardens underground to feed the whole colony.

What’s amazing about these leafcutter ants is that they can carry up to 10 times their own body weight. That would make them ineligible for the Olympics due to their superhuman strength. They also have very sharp jaws that they use to slice through leaves. So beware! Watch your steps! It pays to let them do their business with the least provocation.

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