A half meter underground, a small colony of attine ants cultivates their fungus in a garden hung from the chamber ceiling. The fungus is visible here as the white, stringy material growing between the bits of detritus that the ants have fed to it.
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This image was captured with a Canon EOS 20D, using a Canon 100mm f2.8 USM macro lens.