Ants tending planthopper nymphs

Ants tending planthopper nymphs

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Caption: Tiny yellow ants tending a group of planthopper nymphs on a plant stem. Ants feed on the honeydew secreted by planthoppers and other insects. Honeydew is a sugar-rich solution. The ants value this as a source of food and protect the planthoppers from predators in order to harvest it.

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