Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

The Leaf

Build your colony
of leaf cutter ants

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Join the leaf cutter ants in their colony adventure

The queen bites into a piece of mushroom from her house, keeps it in a special bag inside her mouth until she can start her own colony. She soars into the sky to mate and fertilize her eggs, for more than 20 years! Join the queen and get started in creating your new colony.

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