Teamwork gets the job done!
Leaf cutter ants are said to be "the smallest recyclers on the planet." They cut small holes into leaves of plants and trees. Then they pick up these giant pieces of leaf and carry them down into their dens, which can be up to a mile away!
However, leaf-cutter ants are not called leaf eater ants. They do not actually eat the leaf. In the dark, underground dens, the plant material begins to decompose. The ants then eat the fungus that decomposes leaves.
They all work together and share the whole colony's food supply.
Leaf cutter ants work hard to strip many of the rainforest's trees of their leaves. But, the ants are actually doing the forest floor a favor by providing the forest floor with rich nutrients from the fungus that decomposes the leaves.
For further exploration, check out these web sites.
Wilderness Classroom's Rainforest Library
Blueboard's Leaf Cutter Ant Page
The Flying Kiwi's Excellent Photos of Leaf Cutters
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