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Gruesome leafcutter ant battle

23 Dec
Fighting leafcutter ants

Leafcutter ants attempt to rend and intruder limb from limb.

While scoping out leafcutters in Argentina we came across this (eerily quiet) scene of devastation and carnage as two opposing colonies of leafcutter ants battled for control of a nesting site.  Since leafcutters lack stings and venom the tactics were straight forward.  Surround and isolate an opponent and then attempt to tear her limbs off.

Check out the gruesome footage below.