Animals Invertebrates

Animals Invertebrates

Texas Leafcutter Ant


SCIENTIFIC NAME:
Atta texana
PROFILE:

Texas leafcutter ants look like they eat leaves, but they are actually mycophagous, or fungus-eaters! See if you can follow one ant from a leaf to an underground fungus garden! Like many other members of the order Hymenoptera (bees, ants, and wasps), these leaf-cutting ants are girl-powered! The colony contains a queen, and the worker ants are all sterile sisters and daughters of that queen. See if you can find other members of this order in Bug U!

TYPE OF ANIMAL:
Arthropod, insect, Hymenoptera (bees, wasps, and ants)
NATIVE TO:
Lousiana, Texas, and eastern Mexico
IUCN CONSERVATION STATUS:
Not listed by IUCN
DIET:
Mycophagous (fungus eater)
LIFESPAN:
Colonies can live for over 20 years.
SOCIAL STATUS:
Social insects; colony size may reach and exceed 2 million ants.
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