You can see our colony of leafcutter ants in actions in our Bugs at Home exhibit.
This species of leafcutter ant is commonly found on the rainforest floor or in their underground nests across Central and South America.
These incredible ants are gardeners. They cut and carry certain leaves back to their nest where they create an environment ideal to grow a special fungus, which is used for food and antibiotics!
There are currently no specific conservation measures in place to protect leafcutter ants as they are found in large numbers across their range. Due to their quick ability to strip crops of their leaves, they are often considered pests.