|Photo of leafcutter ant. The story of these ants is fascinating...|
|... in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, leaftcutter ants climb on trees to cut and take away fragments of leaves...
|...the pieces of leaves are patiently carried along precise paths followed by thousands of leafcutter ants...|
|...finally, the leafcutter ants bring the leaves inside their anthill. Here the leafcutter ants defecate on the leaves, causing a fungus to grow. Then they eat the fungus. This is one of the few example in nature, seeing animals practicing agricolture.
CLICK HERE TO SEE A VIDEO OF ANTS AT WORK.
|This is instead another specie of ant. They are enormous (about 2-3cm long) and are very poisonous.|
|Photos of termitary and termites.|
|Butterfly pictures taken from the butterfly house built near Sacha lodge in the Amazon rainforest.
|More pictures of butterflies.|
|In the Amazon rainforest there are many butterflies showing different liveries.|
|Photo of a cocoon.|
|Photos of various insects found during excursions in the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador.|
|Sometimes the insects are very well camouflaged and it's difficult to spot them.|
|Picture of a cicada.|
|Photo of beetle (a kind of) showing beautiful patterns and colours.|
|Pictures of grasshopper from the Amazon basin.|
|Picture of stick insect. The head and the eye is clearly visible on the bottom-left picture.|
|More photos of stick insects.|
|A huge beehive|
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