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Huge nests of wee wee ants

Who said "there’s no such thing as volcanoes in Belize"... I've followed them back into the bush to find their nests. I ran away when I saw what looked like the New York City of ant hills

Ants do have their purpose. Ants turn and aerate the soil, allowing water and oxygen to reach plant roots, take seeds down into their tunnel to eat the nutritious elaiosomes that are part of the seed. (These seeds often sprout and grow new plants - seed dispersal), and they eat a wide variety of organic material and provide food for many different organisms like the mitochondria that are necessary for plants to be able to use the use the phosphorus, potassium and other minerals in the soil as well as move carbon dioxide from the air to the soil.

Wee-wees sometimes strip the leave from trees seldom does the tree die from that. The leaves always come back and the tree is just fine. And the soil is so much better for it!

Top photograph by Alvaro Tecún, second photo by Christopher Nesbitt

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