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Videos reveal the amazing lives of leafcutter ants, nature's underground farmers

Videos reveal the amazing lives of leafcutter ants, nature's underground farmers

Leafcutter ants march in two rows along the rainforest floor, carrying pieces of leaves back to their nest. It’s a striking operation above ground, but the story doesn’t stop there.

Underground, the ants tend small fungal gardens and perform specialized tasks with shrewd efficiency, according to a study published this week in Royal Society Open Science. The research offers an intimate look into the complex society and intricate behaviors of leafcutter ants throughout Central and South America.

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