The weaver ant's ability to build capacious nests from living leaves has contributed to their ecological success.
The first phase in nest construction involves workers surveying potential nesting leaves by pulling on the edges with their mandibles.
1. Weaver Ants use the strength to pull the large leaves together.
2. Weaver Ants glue the leaves all together to form their idea nest.
3. Weaver Ants complete the nest construction with a safe entry.
When a few ants have successfully bent a leaf onto itself or drawn its edge toward another, other workers nearby join the effort.