Hymenoptera - Isaac Mallol
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Leaf cutting ant queen (Acromyrmex coronatus)

(ENG) This is a young queen of Acromyrmex coronatus, Acromyrmex subsists mostly on a particular species of fungus (genus Leucocoprinus), which it cultivates on a medium of masticated leaf tissue. Before leaving their parent colonies, winged females take a small section of fungus into their bucchal pouches, with which the subsequently wingless queens 'seed' the fungus gardens of incipient colonies, cutting and collecting the first few sections of leaf themselves.

(ESP) Esta es una reina joven de Acromyrmex coronatus, Acromymex se alimenta básicamente de una especie de hongo del género Leucocoprinus, que es cultivado en un medio a base de hoja masticada. Antes de abandonar la colonia madre, las hembras aladas toman una pequeña porción del hongo en sus bolsas bucales, con este hongo iniciaran sus jardines subterráneos para la futura colonia.

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