Ants vs Spider

Ants vs Spider by Roberto_Aloi
Ants vs Spider, a photo by Roberto_Aloi on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
I caught these ants carrying this spider down a plant.

It would have been interesting to photograph what led up to this transportation of food. Did the spider kill some ants which caused them to attack? Was the spider killed by another creature? I hope to witness something similar.

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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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The Conversation



The Conversation, originally uploaded by madcalabrian.

I came across these two ants facing each other and they appeared to be almost motionless. This provided a good opportunity to get a macro shot. Upon close inspection its apparent the ant on the left is secreting fluid from it’s head and the ant on the right is using it’s antennae to determine what is being communicated.

From wikipedia “Ants communicate with each other using pheromones. These chemical signals are more developed in ants than in other hymenopteran groups. Like other insects, ants perceive smells with their long, thin and mobile antennae. The paired antennae provide information about the direction and intensity of scents”.

“Ants use pheromones for more than just making trails. A crushed ant emits an alarm pheromone that sends nearby ants into an attack frenzy and attracts more ants from further away. Several ant species even use “propaganda pheromones” to confuse enemy ants and make them fight among themselves.”