Insect antics at Butterfly World as new colony of leaf cutters settles in

Insecct antics at Butterfly World as new colony of leaf cutters settles in

Insecct antics at Butterfly World as new colony of leaf cutters settles in

Insecct antics at Butterfly World as new colony of leaf cutters settles in

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After months of ant-icipation, Butterfly World in St Albans has welcomed a new leaf cutter ant colony.

Following the tragic demise of the UK’s biggest leaf cutter ant colony earlier in the year, Butterfly World unveiled a new colony of leaf cutter ants straight from the rainforests of Trinidad, in time for the summer holidays.

Visitors will be able to watch these infamous creatures set about building a new home for their queen.

In a freak accident last December, ants from the previous colony chewed through an electrical cable to their display tank. The electric shock waves passed through the labyrinth-like chambers of the colony and killed the queen, which led to the death of over a million ants in the following months.

In order to find a new colony, Butterfly World commissioned expert Andrew Stephenson from Zoologica Exhibito to search the rainforests of Trinidad for a new queen.

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