Monday, October 25, 2021

The Ant and the Aphids


I did a little research and found the ant and the aphids have a symbiotic relationship.  The ant "farms" and protects the aphid colony from other preditory insects and the aphids secret a little honeydew that the ant loves to eat.  Some ants actually "milk" the aphids by stroking their little abdomens to get them to secret just a little more of that honeydew.  I think that is what this ant was actually doing today in Charlestown Meadows.  I watched him!!  Wild.

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