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Ants tending aphids

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There's a lot going on in this photo. Some ants will tend to species of aphids, because aphids produce honeydew. Essentially, the ants farm the aphids, using them to obtain more honeydew. It's an interesting relationship: think of the ants as humans and the aphids as cattle.

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Latimeria
Latimeria 12 years ago

Ants are pretty neat. Not only do they tend aphids, but some species will even farm fungi as well. That's why leaf cutter ants cut leaves and take them back to their nest--they feed the fungi those leaves, and then eat the fungi.

peter
peter 12 years ago

That's wild, it's like the ants have their own personal honeydew farm!

Latimeria
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Latimeria

Beavercreek, Ohio, USA

Spotted on Jul 8, 2011
Submitted on Aug 7, 2011

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