Ant Farm

antsAnts herding a flock of aphids. The ants protect the aphids from other predators and harvest the aphids’ sweet honeydew for themselves. The aphids go about their business sucking plant juices. Just another day in Brooklyn.

2 Responses to “Ant Farm”

  1. 1 Ellen Brys August 28, 2015 at 8:15 am

    Interesting. Are the white bits the honeydew?

    • 2 mthew August 28, 2015 at 8:29 am

      I think those are another form of the aphids, which have winged, sexually reproducing cohorts. They also reproduce asexually, and so cover all their bases, not to mention all the plants. The honeydew emerges from the business end of the aphids, where droplets of it are harvested by the ants for the colony.

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