Weekly Photo Challenge: Beneath Your Feet


From La Selva Ecolodge, Ecuador.

I had to get in close to see these leafcutter ants carrying their plunder across the forest trail back to their nest.  There were plenty of gross/scary bugs in the rainforest, but these guys were actually really cool to see.  They chew off pieces of leaves, but they don’t actually eat them; they carry them back to their nest where they chew them up and use them as nutritional substrate for a fungus that they cultivate.  It’s basically ant agriculture!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Beneath Your Feet