Eyes Image (11k)Leaf-Cutting Ants

When the first explorers 
of tropical rain forests 
encountered leaf-cutting 
ants they thought that 
the ants were cutting 
leaves to protect them-
selves from the sun. 
In reality, the ants cut 
leaves to make a compost 
for a fungus they farm 
underground.

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  forest dwellers

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