Where Are the Ants Carrying All Those Leaves?

Ants don't eat leaves, they use them for farming. The video focuses on this practice, which ants have done for 60 million years. It explains how they use the leaves to grow fungus and build entire underground cities. They even assign some ants as soldiers around their cities and farms.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Present an ant farm in the classroom for pupils to observe
  • Map the areas where atta cephalotes and other leaf-cutting ants live
Classroom Considerations

  • Video best fits when studying insects, animal adaptations, farming, or food webs

  • Includes subtitles
  • High-definition video shows details on ants rarely seen without a microscope

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