|A Myrmecodia epiphyte with large tuber housing tiny ants|
Location : Licuala Hill
|Large tuber of the Myrmecodia epiphyte|
The big tubers are normally colonised by ants. Ants and termites are important soil animals involved in the litter decomposition and nutrients recycling. The tiny ants will scour the forest floor for insects corpses at night. These they carry on their backs to their arboreal nest. The dead insects are stored and used as compost by the ants to create their 'fungus garden' which they cultivate within the tuber. The ants feed on the fungi while the epihphyte uses the nutrients released by the fungal growth.
|Ants and termites will scour the forest floor at night for dead insects to bring home to their arboreal nest.|