Leafcutter ants attack giant Amazon waterlily

The largest leaf on our giant Amazon waterlily (Victoria amazonica) has been attacked by the colony of leafcutter ants as it unfurled against the rock on which the ants were collecting leaves overnight.

The ants swarmed onto the giant lily pad, which was measured days before its demise at 2.5m (8′ 2″) across, and began to cut it up and carry it back to their nest at the side of the pond.

By the next morning, much of the leaf had disappeared and the remainder had to be removed in order to persuade the ants (still hard at work) to march back to their nest.

Luckily for visitors, the other giant leaves and the 30cm (12″) flowers were saved, and can be seen at The Living Rainforest until early September.

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This entry was posted on Friday, August 2nd, 2002 at 9:20 am and is filed under Blog, Living Rainforest Blog.

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