Atta laevigata is a pest leafcutter distinguished by a very large and shiny head in soldiers, a characteristic which has rendered the species with. Latin Name: Atta laevigata. Trivialname: Leafcutterant. Taxonomy: Subfamily: Myrmicinae Tribe: Attini. Keeping Level: (3) through their large Space- and. Media in category “Atta laevigata”. The following 17 files are in this category, out of 17 total. Atta laevigata casent dorsal 1,

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The following post may be offensive if you are overly sensitive or have a weak stomach. Lqevigata most vital nutritional needs in a survival situation are protein and fat.

Most insects are rich in both. Turn off your cultural bias against eating insects. Crunchy Munchy, Big-Butt Ants, anyone? Before you get too grossed out, considered that Ants have been an essential part of the Aboriginal diet for centuries. Eating Ants may sound revolting, but it could be a lifesaver. Some of the primordial ingredients of the Pre-Hispanic cuisine like insects, crustaceans and edible reptiles, are still essential elements in the creation of modern and traditional Mesoamerica food.

In many parts of the world, insects are prized foods, too. Insects are prolific breeders and have short life spans, so there is a vast supply. Further, they are an excellent source of protein. Do you want more information? Hormigas culonas are edible Queen Ants. Only the young Queens and Drones are harvested in the Santander region in spring after the rainy season when they emerge from their Ant hills from April to June in search of a mate.

These critters are apparently so reliable as an aphrodisiac that they are routinely given as wedding gifts to help the newly-married couple get off to a wild honey-moon start. People generally toast the ants in salt at community gatherings and eat them as a snack. But there is innovation.

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At the restaurant Color de Hormiga in Barichara, chef Jorge Diaz purees them into a sauce to top filet mignon. Shall we continue… please. It cuts leaves from many plantations, like pine tree, cocoa and eucalyptus, as well as wide variety of native plants. These species of tropical, fungus-growing ants are all endemic to South and Central America and parts of the southern United States. Typically found in the warmer areas of the Americas, Leaf-Cutter ants feed on a special fungus that only grows underneath the nests that they build.


In order to cultivate their fungus, and keep it free from moulds, the Leaf-Cutter ants feed it with constant freshly-cut plants hence, the name. However those plant leaves have a little spice added to them first.

The ants will add a little saliva and also a little rectal fluid before putting it on the compost pile. Leaf-Cutter ants build humongous nests that can go deep into the ground up to 26 feet. These nests can have up to 8 million Leaf-cutter ants in just one colony.

Species: Atta laevigata – AntWeb

These nests are often referred to as cities because they are so huge. The main centers of production of ants are the municipalities of San Gil and Barichara.

The exportation of this product is mainly made to Canada, England and Japan. Analyses conducted at the Industrial University of Santander about the nutritional value of laefigata ants show high level of protein, very low levels of saturated fat, and an overall high nutritional value. Okay, this recipe is for all people out there that like to try out new recipes. Instructions Heat 2 tablespoons of butter in a casserole and fry the chilies, tomatoes, garlic, onion, ants and spices.

Next, pour the cooking broth of pork and boil over medium heat until peppers are tender. Grind with water or additional broth cooking until a thick sauce consistency. Melt butter in medium sauce pan over medium heat and fry the above mixture until the top has a greasy appearance.

Season and reduce the flame. Fry the pork ribs in remaining butter, laevibata add the ribs and avocado leaves to the mole laeviggata it returns to a boil. Remove the avocado leaves and keep warm. Serve hot with Spanish rice, potatoes, roasted vegetables or cheese enchiladas.


Zoom, I think I almost fell out of my chair. This would be right up his alley. He has a cast-iron stomach!!! I wonder where one would buy them? Insects are rarely sold in supermarkets. But easy to buy online, you just gotta check this link out!

Thank you for taking the time to read my post. Oh wow, that is good to know.

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My brother was in Colombia about two weeks ago, and it was the first time he saw these ants. Someone was selling them on the streets. It all depends on the individual person. I think it could be a great alternative food source though. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

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