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This species of leafhopper produces a honeydew like substance that contains great amounts of sugar through its anus, often causing ants to care for them as if they were aphids. You can see the ant licking the substance in photo 1. This benefits the leaf hopper too as the ants provide some protection from predators, and also remove the honeydew before it has a chance to attract fungal infections.
Spotted on Sep 30, 2013
Submitted on Oct 1, 2013
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