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Leaf-cutter Ant

Mycocepurus smithii

Description:

Photo take at night on my front wall entrance this are one of the most common ant in the Yucatan Peninsula. This ants are mostly nocturnal some colonies can grow up to 7 millions or more, they can exfoliate at entire big tree in one night. About 1 cm long each .

Habitat:

Found from México to Argentina! Foundress queens shed their wings prior to colony excavation either near the site or just inside. They then excavate a tunnel to a depth of roughly 10 cm (4 in) and create a primary chamber. The dealate queen then carries the wings into the primary chamber and inserts them into the chamber ceiling where the surface of the wings is used as a platform for growing an incipient fungal garden. Antweb.


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2 Comments

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 7 years ago

Thanks harsuame!

harsuame
harsuame 7 years ago

Wow sensacional

Gerardo Aizpuru
Spotted by
Gerardo Aizpuru

Mexico

Lat: 20.84, Long: -86.96

Spotted on Apr 17, 2012
Submitted on Apr 17, 2012

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