Rainforest Biodiversity Guide

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Army Ants
Army Ants

Scientific Name: Eciton burchelli

Category: Animal

Primary Layer: Understory

Fun Facts:

  • An army of these marching warriors can clear an area of animal life for weeks
  • The queen ant can lay as many as 250,000 eggs in a single week.
  • Although the ants move quitley through the forest, their movements are detectable by the sounds of other creatures fleeing from them.
  • An army ant colony can consume 50,000 insects per day.
  • Army ants are capable of bringing down large animals such as pigs and horses.
  • The ants' nests are made up of the ants themselves. Using their mandibles, they clamp onto one another to form walls to enclose the queen and her brood.