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Life by aphids

Some species of ants "farm" aphids, protecting them on the plants they eat, eating the honeydew that the aphids release from the terminations of their alimentary canals. This is a "mutualistic relationship".

These "dairying ants" "milk" the aphids by stroking them with their antennae

Milking of aphids - Formica cunicularia
Milking of aphids - Formica cunicularia
Milking of aphids - Formica cunicularia
Milking of aphids - Formica cunicularia
Coccinella septepunctata & Aphids
Coccinella septepunctata & Aphids
Formica cunicularia
Formica cunicularia
Milking of aphids - Formica cunicularia
Milking of aphids - Formica cunicularia
Formica cunicularia
Formica cunicularia
Coccinella septepunctata & Aphids
Coccinella septepunctata & Aphids
Milking of aphids - Formica cunicularia
Milking of aphids - Formica cunicularia
Milking of aphids - Formica cunicularia
Milking of aphids - Formica cunicularia
Milking of aphids - Formica cunicularia
Milking of aphids - Formica cunicularia
Coccinella septepunctata & Aphids
Coccinella septepunctata & Aphids
Coccinella septepunctata & Aphids
Coccinella septepunctata & Aphids
Coccinella septepunctata & Aphids
Coccinella septepunctata & Aphids
Aphids
Aphids
Aphids and Drops
Aphids and Drops
Milking of aphids - Formica cunicularia
Milking of aphids - Formica cunicularia