Who needs to hunt when you have aphids around?

Who needs to hunt when you have aphids around?

Stumbled upon this photo that I took in September.

The bull ant provides protection, nurtures, and grooms the aphids while it feeds off the sweet honeydew collected from the aphids (sometimes referred to as milking).

This is a great exam
ple of the honeydew being released from two separate aphids. This ant is really living the high life with these little guys around. Just a little back massage and viola! Food!

Aphids themselves are defenseless. Their relationship with this bull ant is keeping them safe from lady beetles and other predators.

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