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I have seen pictures of leafcutter ants carrying off leaves. What do they do with them? Make a house?

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    $\begingroup$ c'mon...en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leafcutter_ant maybe? $\endgroup$ – Hav0k Nov 4 '15 at 13:48
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    $\begingroup$ Trivial questions about basic biological concepts are off-topic on Biology unless you have shown your attempt at an answer. $\endgroup$ – MattDMo Nov 4 '15 at 15:08
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As in the Wikipedia article, these ants have a mutualistic relationship with a fungus. They feed their leaves to the fungus and in return the fungus makes pellets of food to feed it to the ant larvae. Along with that, the fungus provides defense to the ants.

Ants and many other animals cannot fully digest leaves as they contain cellulose which can only be digested by certain fungi and bacteria.

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    $\begingroup$ @AliceD I have added some extra information. $\endgroup$ – TanMath Nov 4 '15 at 23:57

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