Ants tending a treehopper bug on a plant

Ants tending a treehopper bug on a plant

C001/0002 Rights Managed

Request low-res file

530 pixels on longest edge, unwatermarked

Request/Download high-res file

Uncompressed file size: 50.4MB

Downloadable file size: 1.6MB

Price image Pricing

Please login to use the price calculator


Caption: Ants tending a treehopper (order Hemiptera) bug on a plant. Ants (family Formicidae) occasionally tend Hemipteran bugs in order to milk them for liquid food. This treehopper excretes a sugary waste product called honeydew. Ants collect the honeydew as a food resource, and treehoppers benefit both directly (e.g. feeding facilitation) and indirectly (e.g. protection from predators). Photographed in Ecuador.

Release details: Model release not required. Property release not required.

Keywords: animal, animal behaviour, ant, ants, arthropod, biological, biology, bug, ecuador, ecuadorean, ecuadorian, entomological, entomology, fauna, food, formicidae, hemiptera, hemipteran, honeydew, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, milking, mutualist, mutualistic, mutualists, myrmecology, nature, phloem feeding, plant, rain forest, rainforest, resource, south america, south american, stem, symbiont, symbionts, symbiosis, symbiote, symbiotes, symbiotic, tend, tending, treehopper, true bug, wildlife, zoological, zoology

Licence fees: A licence fee will be charged for any media (low or high resolution) used in your project.