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Wednesday, 16. March 2011
@ intro

Leaf-cutter ants are a most amazing species.

Their society is almost as complex and structured as we know it from our own. Each individual has a specific set of tasks that change through their life cycle. It is depending on the age of an ant what kind of chores it has to perform:
Still young and strong they collect leaves and provide safety to their nest. Later on they care about the mutualist fungus that (partly) feeds the stock by fermenting the cut leaves brought in by the workers. After that they pull out the debris, left-over leaves, and the wastes accumulating after the fungi have extracted the nutrients they needed for growth.

Once an individual dies it still services its colony. The dead are carried to the waste dump and are placed around it in a circle ....

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Mr.Yoda, 9/1/18 12:11 AM
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Mr.Yoda, 5/13/11 10:39 PM
food Some time ago I
was approached by a young man who wanted to start...
Mr.Yoda, 5/2/11 1:22 AM
Sorry! It has been a
while since I last added some information here .... but...
Mr.Yoda, 4/28/11 2:47 PM
ant-fungus-mutualism = symbiosis As stated
before the ants need the fungi to feed their offspring...
Mr.Yoda, 4/11/11 9:21 PM
harvesting The amount of food
a colony of leaf-cutting ants needs is humongous: 4g of...
Mr.Yoda, 4/11/11 9:20 PM
@ intro Leaf-cutter ants are
a most amazing species. Their society is almost as complex...
Mr.Yoda, 3/16/11 9:16 PM

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