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Ant at Work

I snapped this in Corcovado National Park on the Osa Pennisula in southwestern Costa Rica. Leaf-cutter ants are farmers. They harvest leaves which they mix with their saliva in their nests. This causes a fungus to grow which the eat. This photo was published on the cover of this book: It has been used for a commerical web site, too:

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Uploaded on January 17, 2006