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Red-banded leafhopper & ant

Graphocephala coccinea


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.



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KarenL 8 years ago

Hehe, very true LE!

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 8 years ago


KarenL 8 years ago

Thank you Adarsha!

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 8 years ago

Such a valuable spotting n info Karen :)

KarenL 8 years ago

Haha, yes Marsya, you couldn't make up that fact!

Marsya Christyanti
Marsya Christyanti 8 years ago

Honeydew from anus? Cool fact :D great spotting Karen!

KarenL 8 years ago

Thank you Pradeep!

Pradeep Kumar
Pradeep Kumar 8 years ago

This is such a valuable info about the leafhoppers very nice!!

KarenL 8 years ago

Thank you for your kind words Marta! It was very interesting to watch & in hindsight I wish I had taken a video!

The MnMs
The MnMs 8 years ago

Wow! I had no idea that leafhoppers were also "milked" by ants! Nice spotting and thanks for sharing this info!
It should be an SOTD!

KarenL 8 years ago

Thanks Carol! It was very interesting to watch & the hopper didn't seem bothered by the ants attention at all - maybe he enjoyed it! :)

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 8 years ago

WOW! This is really great! Thanks for the information.

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Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA

Spotted on Sep 30, 2013
Submitted on Oct 1, 2013

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