By Rebecca Hogue Wojahn
Welcome to a South American rain woodland! As you push your method in the course of the thick, eco-friendly jungle, you notice, pay attention, and suppose the natural world. Howler monkeys screech overhead as they munch on leaves. Antbirds swoop through looking for tasty insects. Day and evening within the rain wooded area, the search is directly to locate food--and to prevent turning into a person else's subsequent meal. All dwelling issues are attached to each other in a nutrition chain, from animal to animal, animal to plant, plant to insect, and bug to animal. What course will you're taking to stick with the nutrition chain during the rain woodland? Will you ... Crouch within the shadows with a jaguar? Slither throughout the leaves with an anaconda? Lurk within the jungle evening with a tarantula? stick with all 3 chains and lots of extra in this who-eats-what event!
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29 Leaf-Cutter Ants 30 (Atta cephalotes) What’s that? Tiny leaves marching down the trunk of the tree? Well, take a step closer. Now you’ll see that under each bit of leaf is an ant. These are leaf-cutter ants. To be even more exact—they are the media leaf-cutter ants. Thousands of them trek up the giant trunk and out along the wide branches. They nip a chunk of a leaf bigger than their own bodies. Then they balance it like a sail over their heads as they haul it all the way back down to the nest beneath the forest floor.
A baby antbird, fallen from its nest. To find out what another antbird is up to, tur n to page 16. een iguana . . a young gr rry away fast that didn’t scu d out what enough. To fin uana is up en ig another gre p a g e 18 . to, t u r n t o Glossary bacteria: tiny living things made up of only one cell canopy: the highest branchy layer of a forest formed by the treetops carnivore: an animal that eats other animals colony: a mass of plants or animals of one species that live together decompose: to decay, or break down, after dying decomposers: living things, such as insects or bacteria, that feed on dead plants and animals detritivores: creatures that use plant and animal waste as food endangered: close to dying out epiphytes: plants that grow on other plants but get water and nutrients from the air and rain food chain: a system in which energy is transferred from plants to animals as each eats and is eaten food web: many food chains linked together 60 habitats: areas where a particular group of plants or animals naturally lives and grows larva: the wormlike stage in an insect’s life between the egg and adult forms New World: the landmass of North America, Central America, and South America nutrients: substances, especially in food, that help a plant or animal survive pollinate: to carry a flower’s seed-making material from one plant to another predators: animals that hunt and kill other animals for food prehensile: able to grasp and hold onto things prey: animals that are hunted for food by other animals primary consumers: animals that eat plants producers: living things that make their own food rain forest: a thick forest that normally gets more than 160 inches (406 centimeters) of rain a year secondary consumers: animals and insects that eat other animals and insects species: a group of related animals or plants tertiary consumers: animals that hunt other animals and have few natural enemies Further Reading and Websites BOOKS Forsyth, Adrian.
Thousands of them trek up the giant trunk and out along the wide branches. They nip a chunk of a leaf bigger than their own bodies. Then they balance it like a sail over their heads as they haul it all the way back down to the nest beneath the forest floor. It would be as if you were walking miles and miles for lunch. At the nest, their coworkers, the minima leaf-cutter ants, take over. They take the leaves deep underground. There they chew them up and then mix the pulp with poop. Out of the mix grows a special fungus.
A Rain Forest Food Chain: A Who-Eats-What Adventure in South America (Follow That Food Chain) by Rebecca Hogue Wojahn