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Ant Milking Aphids, Huntley Meadows Park, VA
Close-up of a Formica ant species milking aphids feeding on purple milkweed (Asclepias purpurascens). The ants protect the aphids from predators and the aphids provide the ants with "honeydew" they produce from tapping into the phloem of the plant.
- © 2010 Whimbrel Nature Photography / Elijah Goodwin
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