Weaver ant – Oecophylla smaragdina – Typical areas inhabited by them are forest edges

Weaver ant - Oecophylla smaragdina - Typical areas inhabited by them are forest edges

Weaver ant – Oecophylla smaragdina – Typical areas inhabited by these ants are forest edges in Southeast Asia and Australia. They use tree leaves to build their nests. The workers hold the edges of one leaf with their jaws and the other with their legs. 

Other ants then “glue” the leaves together using the sticky secretion produced by the ant larvae. When joining the leaves, the ants hold the larva very gently between their jaws. At the same time, they carefully squeeze it, which causes the secretion of this sticky substance. Ants often live in symbiosis with caterpillars. They reach up to 10 mm in length.

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