Sunday, June 12, 2011

Milking Aphids

Mean while back at the Black ant colony, herds of tiny aphids are being shepherded and milked by their black ant guardians. The ants stimulate the feeding aphids with their antennae, which in turn makes the aphid release a drop of sweet liquid. The ants greedily gobble these up and grow very fat on the sweet nectar. In return the ants protect the feeding pests from their predator's, namely lady birds and their larvae.

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