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ichthyologist:

Leaf-cutter Ant Society

Next to humans, leafcutter ants form the largest and most complex animal societies on Earth. In a few years, the central mound of their underground nests can grow to more than 30 metres (98 ft) across, with smaller, radiating mounds extending out to a radius of 80 metres (260 ft), taking up 30 to 600 square metres (320 to 6,500 sq ft) and containing eight million individuals.

Info: Ross 2002, pp. 11–13. Pictures: ggalice on Flickr, Bandwagonman at en.wikipedia

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