Kind of cute, a heart shape leaf carrying by an ant in the Reserva El Tunjo, in Colombia. But this ant is much more than than a jolly picture. She is a Atta Leaf-cutter who forage fresh leaves to cultivate a special fungus on which the up to 5 millions ants colony almost entirely rely to survive. They also are a key factor to enrich in nutrient, air and more, the washed soils of the amazon forest. They are responsible for almost a quarter of the plant consumption surrounding their nest but have a huge positive impact on the forest. Counter-intuitive you may say, but check the facts and you will fall in love with these underrated creatures.
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