Amazonian Ant Species is All Female, Reproduces By Cloning
Posted on April 19, 2009 Comments (0)
Dr Himler’s interest in Mycocepurus smithii was originally sparked not by their unusually biased sex ratio, but by their ability to cultivate crops. “Ants discovered farming long before we did – they have been cultivating fungus gardens for an estimated 80 million years.
“They collect plant material, insect faeces and even dead insects from the forest floor and feed it to their crops,” she said.