Atta nest: Metropolis

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leafcutting ant nest.

Atta nest: Metropolis

Photo by Class of CRSS 4931 (Univ of Georgia)
Website: Agroecology in Tropical America

The nests of leafcutters can grow to magnificent proportions. This nest was in San Luis, Costa Rica. Kulhavy et al noted that The central nest mound may be 30 m in diameter, have numerous 0.3 m diameter feeder mounds extending outwards to a radius of 80 m (Moser 1967, Cahal 1993, Kulhavy et al. 1998), and may occupy 30 to 600 square meters (H÷lldobler and Wilson 1990, Cahal 1993).

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