Ant Agriculture

Cauê Lopes and Ted Schultz, Smithsonian
April 11, 2017
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Cauê Lopes and Ted Schultz, Smithsonian

Left panel: Ted Schultz (left) and Jeffrey Sosa-Calvo (right) excavate a primitive, lower fungus-farming ant nest in the seasonally dry Brazilian Cerrado (savanna) near Brasilia in 2009. Photo credit: Cauê Lopes. Center and right panel: The underground garden chamber of a primitive, lower fungus-farming ant colony revealed by excavation. Photo credits: Ted Schultz, Smithsonian. Lower, primitive fungus-farming ant colonies and agricultural behaviors are comparably smaller-scale and simpler than the colonies of higher fungus-farming ants.

Photos by Cauê Lopes and Ted Schultz, Smithsonian.