Grasshopper on Hirtella physophora

Grasshopper on Hirtella physophora

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Caption: Grasshopper on a branch of Hirtella physophora. This grasshopper will be prey to the trap ants (Allomerus decemarticulatus) that live symbiotically within the tree, protecting it from plant-eating insects. The ants kill their prey by cooperating and communicating as a team. Some hold the prey down, while others inject it with venom, and others cut it up to be eaten.

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Keywords: allomerus decemarticulatus, animal, ant, ants, biological, biology, botanical, botany, colony, entomological, entomology, fauna, flora, french, grasshopper, guiana, guyana, hirtella physophora, latin america, myrmecophyte, nature, plant, prey, south america, symbionts, symbiosis, symbiotic, trap ant, wildlife, zoological, zoology

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