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10 Animals With Interesting Eating Habits

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9. Leafcutter Ant

Leafcutter ants are different from other species of ants in the way they make their food. In fact, according to the Chicago-based Lincoln Park Zoo (LPZ), these ants are the first animals known to cultivate their own crops like farmers. They get their name because of their ability to cut leaves from trees with their scissor-like mandibles. Once leaves are cut, each ant carries a leaf back to the colony where the leaves are added to a pile, similar to a compost heap. Worker ants then add their feces or saliva to the leaves, which acts as a kind of fertilizer to help the leaves grow fungus. They later use the resulting fungus to feed ant larvae. While the baby ants eat the nutrient-rich fungus, adult ants feast on sap that’s also produced from the leaves.

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1:15PM PST on Feb 5, 2013

Ciekawy artykuł, zwyczaje żywieniowe zwierząt często nas zaskakują, a pomysłowości można by pozazdrościć. Takich przykładów można by podać o wiele więcej.

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2:20AM PST on Mar 6, 2012

interesting thanks

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3:09PM PDT on May 6, 2011

I enjoyed this interesting natural history lesson. Thanks for sharing.

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6:57PM PDT on Mar 27, 2011

Another interesting article, thanks for share :).

9:28AM PDT on Mar 27, 2011

Your comment about Egyptian vultures being the only birds to eat other birds eggs is absolutely false! Crows, bluejays, magpies, ravens, and possibly other birds like cowbirds will eat eggs of other birds. (The cowbird then deposits its own egg in the nest of other birds (parasitism)). Please don't mislead people with blanket statements on animal behaviors that aren't based on factual information.

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