# Measurement (time): Leafcutter Ants

## The Problem

The ‘Day in a Life’ information (opposite) shows just how busy leaf cutter ants are cutting and carrying leaf parts.

Use the information to answer the following questions:

**How far must the ant travel from leaf to fungus and back again?****How long does it take the ant to remove a leaf part, take it to the fungus and return to the original leaf?****How many round trips will the ant make in 4 hours?****How long will it take the ant to take 10 leaf parts to the fungus and how far will it have travelled?**

Compare each answer and how you arrived at it to a partner’s. What was similar? What was different?

**Did you know?**

The leaf cutter ant has a specially adapted jaw that ‘saws’ off pieces of plant. Its chainsaw mandibles vibrate a thousand times per second!