Atta ants are just one kind of ants in
the ant family. Atta ants can make the leaves of a tree or
plants in a garden disappear in one night. They are not very
big, but they can carry heavy loads. There are thousands of
them, sometimes millions, in a colony. Their scissors-like
jaws cut off pieces of leaves. They carry these leaves back
to their nests deep underground. The nests can be
twenty feet deep.
Atta ants do not eat the leaves. They
only eat a special fungus. The special fungus grows on the
leaves. The Atta ants must work hard to keep their nests
just right for their special fungus. The air must not be too
damp or too dry. They must keep the leaves perfectly clean
so the fungus will grow.
Answer the questions below.
Atta ants are not very .
They can carry heavy .
Thousands or even millions of Atta ants live in a .
of Atta ants are scissor-like.
Atta ants do not eat .
Their nests can be
Atta ants eat a special
Atta ants can make plants disappear in a garden in
The special fungus grows on
in their nests must not be too damp or too dry.
must be very clean so the fungus will grow.
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