leaf-cutter ant

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leaf-cut·ter ant

 (lēf′kŭt′ər) also leaf-cut·ting ant (-kŭt′ĭng)
Any of several fungus-growing ants of the genera Acromyrmex and Atta that cut pieces of leaves, bring them back to the nest, and use them as the substrate for fungus gardens in which they cultivate fungi for food.
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Parasitoids of the endangered leaf-cutter ant Atta robusta Borgmeier in urban and natural areas.
4) of a leaf-cutter ant Acromyrmex lundi (Guerin, 1838) [Hymenoptera: Formicidae].
Foraging patterns of the leaf-cutter ant Atta laevigata (Smith) (Myrmicinae: Attini) in an area of cerrado vegetation.
Smith of Earlham College and J|rgen Gadau of Arizona State University; and was a co-author on the leaf-cutter ant genome.
Trunk trails and the searching strategy of a leaf-cutter ant, Atta colombica.
It is true that, like any particular leaf-cutter ant, we live and die, we suffer pain or hunger, we enjoy satisfaction as individuals.
Metagenomic and metaproteomic insights into bacterial communities in leaf-cutter ant fungus gardens.
Acromyrmex landolti is considered one of most complex Attini in regards to morphology and behavior, since it is a leaf-cutter ant with large nests and many morphologically distinct castes.
Parasitic flies (Diptera, Phoridae) influence foraging rhythms and caste division-of-labor in the leaf-cutter ant, Atta cephalotes (Hymenoptera, Formicidae).
Prchal has done wonderful things with ants, such as setting the record for keeping a Mexican leaf-cutter ant queen alive--15 years and counting.
The leaf-cutter ant, Acromyrmex versicolor, locates "virtually all" of its nests "directly under adult trees" in the Sonoran Desert, likely in response to temperature in sunlit soil (Rissing et al.