Why an ant can be regarded as an expert gardener?


Picture of an ant carrying a leaf.


Expert gardener


The ant leaf-cutting ant amazes biologists with its sophisticated gardening techniques.

To provide food, this tiny insect cuts leaf fragments and gathers debris from the forest floor and brings these back to its underground nest.

The ant then grinds these bits into a mash to feed its fungus garden.

This leaf cutter instinctively knows how to keep its crop at an ideal temperature and humidity level to obtain the best results.

To create new allotments, it will transfer cuttings from established crops to newer leaf beds.

The leaf-cutting ant has even mastered the art of pruning to maximize fungal growth.

Welsh researchers have observed that this skillful horticulturist adjusts its efforts according to the food needs of the nest, thus conserving time and energy.

Gardening involves hard work, and the leaf-cutting ant is astounding in this regard.