Brazilian Wandering Spider (04:51)
Manaus is a tropical city next to the Amazon rainforest that contains exotic fruits. Brazilian wandering spiders make their nests in bananas. A woman accidentally brings one home and it crawls out of the fruit bowl.
Leafcutter Ants (04:06)
In Manaus, wildlife is everywhere. Leafcutter ants bite off parts of leaves and flowers with scissor-like jaws. They travel in a colony and work together.
Trap-Jaw Ants (03:08)
INPA is building a database of urban species. A scientist digs up some dirt, returns to the lab, and learns that he captured a trap-jaw ant. These ants have big jaws and a fast bite.
Army Ants (03:59)
CIGS helps protect the rainforest. Army ants are active during the day; every ant has a job and responsibility to the colony. When they look for a new home, they make a foundation by linking together as a group.
Manaus has a hot, tropical climate, and mosquitoes outnumber all other insects; they lay eggs in water. Capuchins use piper leaves as mosquito repellent.
The botanical gardens in Manaus houses one of the largest collections of caterpillars in Northern Brazil. A scientist watches a chrysalis open to reveal a butterfly. He places the butterfly in a clear container and takes it to the butterfly house.
During the hot season in Manaus, spiders like to find cool places and wander into people’s houses. They hunt prey using ambush tactics, venom, and thick webs. A woman finds a tarantula and a biologist releases it back into the jungle.
At night, scientists lure insects with a white sheet and a light; they find a longhorn beetle. A scorpion is in a potted plant and stings a woman with its tail. Scorpions fight each other when finding a mate, and the male stings the female.
Goliath Tarantulas (03:46)
A scientist rescues a tarantula from a man’s house and traps for release. The spiders eat rodents, lizards, and snakes. A tribesman catches a tarantula, wraps it in a large leaf, cooks it over a fire for dinner.
Fire Ants (04:42)
Fire ants link together creating a raft. They are attracted to electric currents and can be found in vents, computers, light fixtures, electrical outlets, and microwaves. Those in a microwave survive a cooking cycle and continue to eat the food.
Silky Anteater (02:18)
Ants bring more predators into Manaus; sanctuaries of receive or retrieve animals. An anteater arrives at a sanctuary and is then released into the forest.
Leafcutter Life Cycle (04:54)
Leafcutter ants live in the city and collect pieces of leaves and flowers to bring back to their colony. They clean the surface of the foliage and put it into chambers; smaller leafcutters turn the leaves into a white fungus that they can eat.
Credits: Insect Nation—World's Wildest City: Manaus (00:33)
Credits: Insect Nation—World's Wildest City: Manaus
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