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Acromyrmex echinatior

Acromyrmex echinatior

An Acromyrmex echinatior leafcutter worker displays a microbial white patch on her underside made of Actinomyces bacteria. The bacteria are thought to produce antibiotics protecting the ants' fungus garden from infection- a true example of pesticide use among agricultural insects. Panama; Laboratory colony at the University of Wisconsin at Madison

Ecologysymbiosisattinifungus gardenant agriculturemyrmicinae