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Where are the ants carrying all those leaves?

4 minutes

Think agriculture is unique to us? Leafcutter ants are phenomenal fungus farmers

Cultivating food long before hominids even existed, leafcutter ants are among the world’s oldest and most successful farmers. Their colonies are supported by a remarkably complex agricultural process that involves cutting leaves with their mandibles, carrying leaf particles several times their own weight back to their colonies, and harvesting the nutritious fungi that grows on the decaying bits of leaves. Where Are the Ants Carrying All Those Leaves? reveals the leafcutter ants’ incredible agricultural process from beginning to end.

Producer: Gabriela Quirós

Website: Deep Look

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