The lightest creature weighed at the London Zoo so far is the leaf cutter ant
, whose weight is measured in microgrammes, Habben said.
The control of the leaf cutter ant
has been a challenge due to a series of adaptations, such as its social organization, hygiene, and complex nest structure (Della Lucia et al.
In addition, the genome of the leaf cutter ant
is scheduled for publication in the Feb.
The impact of the leaf cutter ant
Atta colombica on the energy flow of a tropical wet forest.
A leaf cutter ant
can lift 20 times its own body weight, the equivalent of the average British man lifting a car.
Elsewhere, the zoo's new thousand-strong family of leaf cutter ants
work together to build a new home out of their Christmas bounty.
The Bug House displays a selection of specimens from the museum's vast research collection alongside real live colonies of leaf cutter ants
He led us through the stunning rainforest, where hummingbirds perform a magical mid-air ballet and leaf cutter ants
march in line underfoot.
Carla Bengston visited a remote field station in the Ecuadorian Amazon, where she presented tropical leaf cutter ants
- a species that cuts pieces of leaves and carries them off to their nests - with colorful Dutch Boy paint chips and nontoxic ink.
Ecologists may teach about symbiosis using an army of leaf cutter ants
as the example; earth scientists analyze weather patterns, water cycles, nutrient cycles, and soil samples; biologists examine the ways in which natural selection and evolution have shaped unique adaptations in insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, or plants; and environmentalists-conservationists explore the interactions between humans and nature, with an emphasis on conservation of resources.
The winning pic of leaf cutter ants
, saw Bence M[sz]t lie for hours in a Costa Rica rainforest which left him covered in bites.
MissMiss Inskip admits things became even more tricky when she put leaf cutter ants
under the magnifying glass.