Atta laevigata
Sao Paulo, Brazil

photograph © Alex Wild 2003

Fungus garden of the leaf cutting ant, Atta laevigata. The fungus consumes plant matter brought in by the ants, and the ants in turn feed on the fungi.

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Most of the images were captured with a Nikon Coolpix 995.