Leafcutter Ants Live Webcam

Leafcutter Ants Atta cephalotes

This Museum of Science leafcutter ant colony is home to about 100,000 ants. Watch as they harvest leaves for their fungus garden.

Insect Gardeners

Leafcutter ants are gardeners. They do not collect leaves to eat, but instead they use leaves to help grow a fungus that they harvest for food. Both the ants and fungus benefit from this symbiotic relationship that has evolved over millions of years. Leafcutter ants can be found in regions of North, Central, and South America.

  • Live camera hours:

    9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EDT

  • Leaf supply times:

    9:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. EDT

  • The ants will be most active during leaf supply times, when they will be cutting and collecting fresh plant material.