What Do Underground Ant Nests Look Like?
Underground ant nests consist of different kinds of underground chambers, which may include tunnels that lead to a water table. Discover how leaf cutter ants form their underground chambers with information from an entomologist in this free video on insects and bugs.
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I'm Mike Quinn, I've been an entomologist for twenty years, and we're here at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center talking about what do underground ant nests look like. A number of different kinds of ants have different kinds of underground chambers. Some just have a tunnel down, and they might get down, reach a water table for moisture purposes. One of the better-known underground ant chambers are formed by leaf cutter ants, and they can be twenty or more chambers the size of a small football, and they'll have a hanging-down fungus growth there in these chambers, or they'll have a chamber for trash, or a chamber for young, or a chamber for where the queen will be, so pathways between chambers. And these can go down for twenty feet and occupy a lot of space underground and can live on for a decade or more and they're typically in soft soil, sandy soil where the ants can burrow down, and a great source of fascination in the underground nests of ants.