Leafcutter ant

Leafcutter ant with flower

What they look like: This small insect has a brown body and six legs andt also features to sharp pincers at the front of its face which it uses to cut leaves. These amazing insects are some of the wonders of the animal world, industriously carrying their segments of leaf back to the nest.

Animal facts:

  • They can lift up to 50 times their own body weight
  • There are 24 species of leafcutter ant.

What they eat: Leacutter ants eat a unique type of fungus, which they farm in fungus gardens and feed with a compost made out of the leaves they cut. They were farming millions of years before humans!

Where they live: Central and South America, Mexico and parts of the southern United States.

Habitat: Rainforest.

Threats: No known threats.

Order
Hymenoptera
Family
Formicidae