Aphid Farming in the UK

by Jarvo J June. 29, 2012 3704 views

Ants and aphids have a symbiotic relationship. The aphids produce a ‘honeydew’ substance which the ants eat. In return the ants protect the aphids from other predators. All isn't entirely equal and fair though. The ants have been known to eat the aphids wings so that they can't fly away.


Formicidae

Aphis fabae

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Sandra Vermeulen 8 years, 5 months ago

Such a good close up!!!!!

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Chossid 8 years, 5 months ago

Interesting and a great macro. I thought the title was facetious and you were going to tell us how to get rid of the aphids.

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S&M 8 years, 5 months ago

The title got me first; I thought you were showcasing a new wave band. But I do admire the patience it took.

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Marilyn Grimble 8 years, 5 months ago

Full of intrigue!

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Paul 8 years, 5 months ago

This is a fabulous shot......(Country file Calendar competition winner?)

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Ann Garratty 8 years, 5 months ago

Fascinating... the diminutive herdsmen tending their flock... I didn't know about the wing thing... still humans have been clipping birds wings for ages too, not so different from ants are we!

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Jacki 8 years, 5 months ago

YIKES!!

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Beth 8 years, 5 months ago

great shot but eeewwwwww. where's the spray???

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Larry Nelson 8 years, 5 months ago

What an interesting post, Jon, and great closeup shot!

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