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Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Fungus Farming Leaf-cutting Ants

Caption: The Panamanian leaf-cutting ant Acromyrmex echinatior farms fungus on leaf fragments for food. Minor workers tend the fungus garden and nurse the brood, major workers defend the colony and bring in new leaf fragments.

Credit: David R. Nash 2011

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