Ant Nests

Ants nest everywhere, from within tiny acorn seeds to massive underground networks. They create a nest in order to provide themselves with protection and an environment suitable for colony growth.
The video below shows the vastness and complexities found in leaf cutter ant nests.

 


weaver-ant-nest-leavesWood ants create huge mounds on-top of old tree stumps (above), they control temperature and ventilation by opening and closing vents on the sides of the nests.
wood-ant-nest-mound Weaver ants use silk created from their larvae to weave a nest in the tree tops leaves (above). They fold the large leaves by holding onto each other to create very strong ant chains.
army-ant-nest-bivouac Army ants rest in temporary nests made entirely of ants with linked legs. This type of nest is called a bivouac.

These ants have adapted their nest to a very harsh environment.

 

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