The Ant's Nest

First floor.- Ants account for 10% of the animal world's total mass. In proportion ti their body, they have the biggest brain of all animals and they can lift fifty times their own weight. They're Ants.
Ejemplar de la especie de hormiga que habita el hormiguero del Museu

This place recreates the habitat of colonies of Atta or Leaf-Cutter Ants, species which grow the fungus they feed on. In this exhibition the habitat of leaf-cutting ants is recreated with aqua terrariums and there are also underground tunnels.

Everyday, they go out searching for leafs they can carry and bring them back to the nest to cultivate a fungus that serve them as food. This mutualism between species, ant and fungus, is linked for 60 million years. The nature ant nest is composed of several types of separated caste. Ants are distinguished by its size.