Sunday, July 12, 2009

Ant cows, short and sweet.

Backyard daisy with ants and their cows.

Ants milking aphids. Aphids poke their stylet-like mouthparts into plants and intercept large volumes of sugar-rich fluid. What they excrete is sweet and sticky, and is known as honeydew. Ants "milk" aphids by stroking them with their antennae, coaxing them to emit honeydew droplets.

That is all.

4 comments:

swamp4me said...

Somehow, that is enough...

Hugh said...

Swampy, I thought so too. Not every picture requires another thousand words.

Tatyana said...

It always amazed me how ants use aphids!

spinyurchin said...

I'm envisioning ant milk bottles left beside the door of ant nests...Skim, 2%....