These are leaf cutter ants. Leaf cutter ants are unique creatures. They are some of the most efficient animals in the entire rainforest! These little ants cut small holes into the leaves of plants. Then, they pick up the pieces of leaf (often times several times the size of their body) and carry the pieces of leaf into their dens. Once in the burrow, the leaves are put into a giant compost pile. As the leaves decompose, a type of fungus grows. The ants then eat that fungus. Leaf cutter ants are fun to watch. They move throughout the forest in huge single file lines, chewing away at every leaf they can find! Throughout the rainforest, signs of leaf cutter ants are evident everywhere. They are incredible strong for their little size and can be found working at all hours of the day.
Clue #1 We are not poisonous to humans.
Clue #2 We carry things much larger than ourselves.
Clue #3 We grow the food that we eat.