Saturday, 14 July 2012

Ants Farming Blackfly

There are not many aphids around yet but these red ants were farming these; rounding them up like sheep!
The ants protect the aphids from predators and lick honeydew off their bodies, so the ants aren't actually helping the allotment holder by getting rid of the aphids.
 

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