This is a colony of Atta cephalotes showing what they can do. This colony is about 18 months old and is fed a variety of leaves daily. This is Privet, Ligustrum ovalifolium, which is on their top 10 likes!
This film was taken over a two hour period then replayed at around 12 frames per second.
In very large Atta colonies the ants would demolish this quantity of leaves in around 20 minutes. Our Leaf Cutting Ants will travel along walkways over 50m long to a feeding station and remove up to 5kg of leaves every day. A truly spectacular sight.