Honeydew Farmer


Jan 07 2017

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Category: Insects, macro

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Focal Length:105mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:NIKON D5100

I captured this little ant farming honeydew from an aphid. This symbiotic relationship played out on a plant just outside my sister’s home on a farm in Mpumalanga, South Africa.

– Honeydew is a sugar-rich sticky liquid, secreted by aphids. Ants may collect, or “milk,” honeydew directly from aphids, who in turn benefit from their presence due to their driving away predators such as lady beetles or parasitic wasps. (Wikipedia)

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