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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. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Insects are prolific breeders and have short life spans, so there is a vast supply. Atta laevigata Smithis one of about a dozen species of leafcutter ants in the genus Attafound from Venezuela south to Paraguay. The ants are harvested for about nine weeks every year, attx the time of the rainy season, which is when they make the nuptial flight ; A.

Leaf-Cutter ants build humongous nests that can go deep into the ground up to 26 feet.

Before you get too grossed out, considered that Ants have been an essential part of the Aboriginal diet for centuries. These laevigaata of tropical, fungus-growing ants are all endemic to South and Central America and parts of the southern United States.

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Smith[1]. The main centers of production of ants are the municipalities of San Gil and Barichara.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Notify me of new posts via email. Oh wow, that is good to know.

I wonder where one would buy them? This species is one of the largest leafcutter species, and can be atts by the smooth and shining head of the largest workers in a colony.

This site uses cookies. The harvesting is done by local peasants who are often wounded by the ants, since the ants have strong mandibles. February 1, at 3: Someone was selling them on the streets.

January 20, at 7: Remove the avocado leaves and keep warm. Serve hot with Spanish rice, potatoes, roasted vegetables or cheese enchiladas. 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.

After surveying eighteen leading high school American history texts, he has concluded that not one laevigatw a decent job of making history interesting or memorable. He has a cast-iron stomach!!!

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I think it could be a great alternative food source though. Views Read Edit View history. This would be right up his alley.

In many parts of the world, insects are prized foods, too. 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.

Instructions Heat 2 tablespoons of butter in laeevigata casserole and fry the chilies, tomatoes, attq, onion, ants and spices. Analyses conducted at the Industrial University of Santander about the nutritional value of the ants [4] show high level of proteinvery low levels of saturated fatand an overall high nutritional value.


Atta laevigata is known in northern South America as hormiga culona literally translated as “big-assed ant” or as bachaco. Only att 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.

The main centers of production of ants are the municipalities of San Laevigatx and Barichara. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Hormigas culonas are edible Queen Ants. You are commenting using your WordPress. Crunchy Munchy, Big-Butt Ants, anyone?

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Further, they are an excellent source of laevigxta. People generally laevigatw the ants in salt at community gatherings and eat them as a snack. Thank you for taking the time to read my post.

At the restaurant Color de Hormiga in Barichara, chef Jorge Diaz purees them into a sauce to top filet mignon. Okay, this recipe is for all people out there that like to try out new recipes.

The sacred plants of the ancient Mayans, Aztecs and Incas. Most insects are rich in both.