Image: Eureka Prize: Atta Cephalotes Worker in its Nest
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Leaf-cutter ants cut fragments of leaves from trees and transport them to their nests. This leaf-cutter ant, an atta cephalotes worker, is among those responsible for processing the leaves into mulch, which is then fed to a fungus that grows food for the next generation of ants. This remarkable symbiosis is the basis for one of the most sophisticated societies on the planet.
- Andrew Bruce
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