Army ants live in Central and South America. They have a completely carnivorous diet. This is because they need a high fat content in their food so their larvae can complete their growth and development.
Scientific name: Eciton burchellii
A camera probe reveals the inside of an ant bivouac.
Camera probes can reach parts the naked eye can't. In this case, it wasn't just that the ants were too small to see easily, or that their bivouac was hard to reach. It was as much that sticking your nose inside a swarm of angry army ants is a very bad idea! Compare the platypus burrow sequence from Life of Mammals where a camera probe was used to gain access to a secret world.
Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.
The following habitats are found across the Army ant distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.
Discover what these behaviours are and how different plants and animals use them.
Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web
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