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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 10:48 am    Post subject: Ant Farmers Reply with quote

In the news:

"Didn't know that some ants are farmers, did you? Leafcutter ants, that live in New World tropical forests, harvest fresh leaves and "plant" them deep underground, in order to grow a nutrient-rich fungus as food. In fact, the leafcutter can't survive without it.

Over many generations, the ants have gotten rid of genes they no longer need due to their lifestyle--kind of like farmers refusing to marry their kids to city folks. Researcher Garret Suen says, "Presumably, the ants have lost these genes because of their dependency on the fungus. They don't need these proteins kicking around any more."

Leafcutters come in a variety of body shapes and sizes to accomplish the division of labor it takes to build, defend and stock a nest containing so many individual insects. The ant's caste system includes small workers for tending to the fungus garden and ant brood, medium-sized workers for harvesting fresh leaves, and larger soldiers; those capable of mating, have wings."

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Reminds me of the tropical ants who raise aphids.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 2011 6:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whao, Smart ants.

God, please forgive me for taking scizzors, going outside, and cutting the ant's heads off..

The wierd thing is, they where still moving afterwards.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 2011 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Scarikas wrote:

God, please forgive me for taking scizzors, going outside, and cutting the ant's heads off..


I did that years ago except with blades of grass and sometimes I used their own legs.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2011 1:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

YOU 2 ARE CRUEL!!!!!!!!!!! lulz...
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2011 3:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

my siblings like drowning ants with our sprinkler. Sad
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