Ants tending aphids

Ants tending aphids

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Caption: These ants (Tapinoma sessile ) tend to aphids (genus Tuberolachnus) by attacking the aphids predators. In return for the ants protection, the aphids supply the ants with honeydew - a sugar laden substance - secreted by the aphid. This is a form of a mutual symbiotic relationship.

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