As per Mandy’s request, I’m publishing these pictures. As much as i admire the industry and organization of these fascinating creatures, it is also true that this year has been the worst in 13 years in my battle with the leaf cutter ants that have stripped my gardens time after time after time. What used to be a once-a-year skirmish has turned into a year-round battle to try to preserve some of my greenery and flowers.
(Above:) Here you see bougainvillea, honeysuckle and hibiscus fallen to the tiny but effective jaws of the leaf cutters. This pile of leaf segments cut from the bushes above awaits transport to the nest.
An ant struggles to move his fallen comrade back to the nest.
For a fascinating look at the devastation army ants can wreak, I recommend that you read “Leningren Vs. the Ants” by Carl Stephenson.