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Chicatana Leafcutter Ant

Atta mexicana

Description:

Mostly smaller workers, at 8-10mm body length. On these pictures, they can be seen cleaning out their fungus gardens on to a rubbish dump (pictures #5+#6). The cleaning seems to include dead (?) larvae. The rubbish heap covers an area of about 50cm x 30cm.

Habitat:

City park in semi-arid region, at about 1800m a.s.l.

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2 Comments

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck a month ago

Sorry, only just saw your comment! Apparently most species make underground dumps, so one never sees them. I go out there as often as I can to watch the mound grow.

Tukup
Tukup 2 months ago

Interesting Felix. We have tons of leaf-cutter ants here (literally), but I've never seen this before. Thanks for sharing.

Felix Fleck
Spotted by
Felix Fleck

Delegación Josefa Vergara y Hernández, Querétaro, Mexico

Spotted on May 1, 2020
Submitted on May 5, 2020

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