Ants tending to Scale Insects

Took this photograph last weekend of ants tending to scale insects. These ants indirectly contribute to crop damage by protecting pests like the ones pictured here; I mostly observe them tending to aphids. In return for this protection, the ants feed off the honeydew secreted by the plant parasites.

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Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge.

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Photographed tonight. I anticipas the water. If you looked to the lower left you can see the wall of water coming down in the distance. Toted clouds, but not this. This is a departure from my typical vantage point facing west toward my left was infrequent lightning I was unable to capture. Enjoy!

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