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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