Leaf cutter ants are incredibly strong. A single ant can carry a piece of leaf that weighs up to ten times its own body weight!
Every ant in the colony is female – they are all daughters of the queen. Each year the queen will lay a special batch of eggs. Some of these will be the males and some will be new queens. They have wings and will leave the nest when they are ready – the males will search for a new queen to mate with before they die. Once they have mated (often with several males), the new queens will start a new colony.
The nest of a colony of leaf cutter ants is an incredible structure. They can go for several metres underground and will be carefully positioned within the forest so that they receive the right amount of sunlight and breeze to keep the nest at a good temperature.