Leaf cutter ants harvest leaves and turn them into fungus that they consume. Gardener-nurse ants break off chunks of the fungus to feed the colony and larvae.Continue Reading
Leaf cutter ants feature strong jaws that vibrate to cut pieces of leaves from various plants. They carry the cut leaves back to their colonies in order to produce food from them. The leaf pieces generally weigh about 20 times an ant's body weight, but leaf cutters can easily carry the plantlife with their strong bodies.
The caste system of leaf cutter ants includes queens, workers and drones. Each class works together to maintain a successful colony. The drones are males, and their only job is to help with reproduction. The rest of the ants are females, and their jobs include cutting and moving leaves, pollinating plants and building hives. The queen is the only member of the colony that produces eggs for reproduction.
The natural habitat of leaf cutter ants is forested area, and they mostly inhabit South American regions. The ants harvest leaves far from the nest and find their way back by releasing pheromones along the way. Leaf cutter ants harvest more plants in South American forests than any animal or insect. Over a lifetime, a worker moves about 20 tons of soil.Learn more about Ants
Flying ants can be distinguished from other flying insects thanks to their hind wings being smaller than their front wings, their elbowed antennae and their thin waists that narrow at the thorax. Other winged insets, such as termites, have broad waists, wings of equal size and straight antennae.Full Answer >
To kill ants in your kitchen, you first need to determine where they are coming from. After you have found their point of entry, you can either plant a bait of ant poison that they will take back to their nest, killing the ants at their source, or you can use a more natural deterrent to keep them from infiltrating your home.Full Answer >
Winged male ants and queen ants leave the nest to mate, and after mating, they lose their wings. The queen ant mates with several males during her mating period, and she stores the sperm in an internal sack near the end of her abdomen. The sperm does not move until the queen opens a valve that allows it to enter her reproductive tract and fertilize the eggs.Full Answer >
Male ants die after mating with female ants and live no longer than a few weeks, while worker ants can live for anywhere from several months to a year. Queen ants may live for a few years and are responsible for keeping the colony alive through mating with the short lived males ants.Full Answer >