Crawling around on the floor of a Costa Rican forest, keeping an eye out for snakes, and yes I am 66 years old, and we were photographing ants ! And it was hot as you know what. So hot my socks were soaked, my eyes were stinging and my glasses were fogged. And this may have been my favorite shoot on the trip The leafcutter ants carry the leaf pieces back to their underground nests where the leaves are chewed into a pulp. The decaying pulp is stored with ant feces and fungus spores, and strands of fungus eventually grow on the decomposing pulp. This fungus is the crop that these ants eat; the ants do not eat the leaves.