Leaf-cutter Ants Carry Candy Hearts for Valentine's Day

Posted on February 25, 2012

Zoos will often give animals gifts like watermelons and pumpkins on special occasions. The ZSL London Zoo gave a gift of candy hearts to its leaf-cutter ants on Valentine's Day. The leaf-cutter ants carried the candy hearts back to the nest. Leaf-cutter ants use leaves to cultivate a fungus in their nests, which they then feed on. They also appear to be fond of sugar based on the candy hearts they are carrying back to their nest. Take a look:



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