leafcutter ant

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leafcutter ant (ˈliːfˌkʌtə)
 
n
any of various South American ants of the genus Atta that cut pieces of leaves and use them as fertilizer for the fungus on which they feed

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leafcutter ant

any of 39 ant species abundant in the American tropics, easily recognized by their foraging columns composed of hundreds or thousands of ants carrying small pieces of leaves. These moving trails of cut foliage often stretch over 30 metres (100 feet) across the forest floor and up and down the trunks of canopy trees.

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