Sunday, 3 September 2017

Ants and aphids

Ants share a mutualistic relationship with aphids. The aphids produce sweet honeydew, which the ants feed off. They in turn protect and tend the aphids. The ant-aphid relationship is often compared to dairy farming!
I came across aphids being tended to by Camponotus ants on my balcony and captured some footage of their interaction. Watch the video below.