Leafcutter ant a is small-sized ant species native to America. Next to humans, it has one of the largest and most complex animal societies on Earth. This species of ants are lives in large colonies of up to two million members. They can carry twenty times their body weight. They can be found in tropical rainforests.
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NAME & SCIENTIFIC NAME
Their scientific name is Atta. They are also known as Parasol ants.
Leafcutter ants belong to the ant family. Their conservation status is 'Least Concern'.
HABITAT & LIVING LOCATION
Leafcutter ant is found in America. They are habitats such as tropical forests, rainforests.
Leafcutter ant is a small-sized insect species. Their body is reddish-brown colored. They have small spines on their backs. Males are larger than females. An adult length is around 10 mm to 20 mm.
Leafcutter ant is mainly part of the Herbivore diet, which means they eat plants. They mostly eat fruits, vegetables.
Leafcutter ant has some natural predators like an armadillo.
LIFESPAN & LIFESTYLE
Their lifespan is up to 2 to 3 weeks in the wild. Leafcutter ant is diurnal insect species. They live in large colonies.
The incubation period lasts around 18 days. Leafcutter ant lay one egg in a breeding season. The young are called antlings.
- A queen leafcutter can lay on an average of 20 eggs per minute, 28,800 eggs per day, and 10,512,000 every year.
- An ant can carry twenty times their body weight.
- They live in large colonies. In large colonies has up to two million members.
FAQ: Are leafcutter ants dangerous?
Leafcutter ants are not dangerous for humans. They might bite if they feel threatened. In general, they don't have any ability to sting and their bites are not dangerous.