In Honor of Buddies

Ant with Planthopper

Well, thanks to my good buddy’s rare appearance in the old stomping grounds, I am behind in the day’s posting. But I must persevere! And so I bring you a late post featuring photos of ants and planthoppers (at least I think those odd, larval creatures are ‘hoppers). Ants engage in symbiotic relationships with other insects such aphids, planthoppers and caterpillars; often times the ants feed off the sweet excretions of their buddies, and the ants in turn protect them. Kind of like buying your buddy a beer out of gratitude. Except of course everybody gets their own glass.

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