leafcutter ant


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leafcutter ant

(ˈliːfˌkʌtə)
n
(Animals) any of various South American ants of the genus Atta that cut pieces of leaves and use them as fertilizer for the fungus on which they feed
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However, changes in the natural landscape due to agricultural activities and deforestation have led to an uncontrolled increase in the leafcutter ant populations, which have become potential problems in several agroforestry cultures (Camargo, Forti, Matos, & Andrade, 2004).
Other recent additions include an interactive talking tree and leafcutter ant exhibition, while bush dogs and a falconry centre are also on the way.
Leafcutter ant colonies at Stratford Butterfly Farm Watch leafcutter ants in two new displays in Arachnoland at Stratford Butterfly Farm during the Easter holidays from March 21 to April 8.
Fungus gardens of the leafcutter ant Atta colombica function as egg nurseries for the snake Leptodeira annulata.
Whether a close-up of a leafcutter ant, or a micrograph of the neurons derived from marmoset stem cells, or an MRI of the hidden pathways in the human brain, submissions to the University of Wisconsin-Madison's 2015 Cool Science Image Contest continue to put science and nature on eye-catching display.
Karyotypes of the 3 leafcutter ant species of genus Atta, added to those of previously described karyotypes, were shown to be conserved in chromosome number, morphology and banding pattern, and constancy is inferred for chromosome number within the genus for the species studied to date.
The leaf-chewing creatures, the leafcutter ant, are understood to form the second most complex societies on Earth after our own.
And we all might be less inclined to poison that ant hill in our yard after we see first-hand the complexity of the ROM's leafcutter ant colony.
A leafcutter ant is pictured at work at the Stratford Butterfly Farm, where they cross on ropes above visitor heads at the venue.
The frequency of monopoly was associated with microhabitat type in two out of eight microhabitat variables (leaf litter depth and palms); variation in two other types (canopy tree distance and leafcutter ant trails) was associated with changes in forager number.
Leucoagaricus gongylophorus produces diverse enzymes for the degradation of recalcitrant plant polymers in leafcutter ant fungus gardens.