Paper Leafcutter Ants

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Create your own interior decoration with these 3D paper Leafcutter Ants!

These 3D paper Leafcutter ants are strong! They can carry up to 50 times their own body weight! You can now take the insect life into your home decoration in a very animal friendly way. All our paper creations are made with FSC-paper. And so are these Leafcutter ants. Assembling these 3D paper Leafcutter ants is like a mindful journey. The feeling of joy when you are ready with assembling these cool black Leafcutter ants is great!

The Leaf Cutter Ants kit contains:

  • Black template for the bodies.
  • Green template for the leafs.
  • A sheet with clear instructions.

You don’t need any scissors or craft knife to assemble these Ants yourself!
After assembling you can add a few dots of glue to keep your Leaf Cutter Ants in the most perfect shape, but it is not necessary.

Leaf Cutter Ant facts:

Their Scientific Name is Atta cephalotes. Leafcutters have survived over 50 million years! According to their size, ants fulfill specific roles such as defenders of the colony, caretakers of the young, gardeners, foragers and leafcutters. Incredibly, there are even tiny ants that straddle the backs of larger worker ants and defend them from carnivorous flies. No survival task is left unassigned. Their sizes vary from 3 to 16 mm. Tiny but strong workers. Leaf Cutter ants live in Latin America and the Caribbean, and they inhabit the forest floor and construct an underground web of chambers where they “farm” and harvest their staple food, fungus. They create underground fungus “gardens” by clipping and gathering fresh vegetation and injecting the pieces with a fungal secretion that digests the often poisonous plants into an edible and nutritious mushroom form.

New research shows that the exoskeleton of a leafcutter ant species from Central America is covered with a natural type of armor. This coating-shaped shield is made of calcite with a high concentration of magnesium, a type of mineral that only occurs in one other biological context: in the teeth that allow the sea urchin to grind limestone. How special is that!