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How do weaver ants stitch their leaf nests together?

Ants Canada has been sharing details within the lives of its ant colonies for years. In this 2019 video, a colony of Asian Weaver ants builds two separate nests for their Emerald Empire. Asian weaver ants use leaves to construct their nests, taking on different responsibilities to brace or weave the relatively giant leaves together.

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The video documents how the ants use larvae silk to glue the leaves together and gather food for the hungry workers. In this case, the food is an unfortunate baby dubia roach.

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bracing the leaves
Ants Canada follows the video above with a special “hidden” video that documents the ants as they work to a calming soundtrack. Watch it below:


Watch this next: How can weaver ants protect an entire orchard?

Plus, more ants videos, including this one: Why do Leafcutter Ants cut leaves and carry them away?

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