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Ants feeding on leafhopper honeydew

Ants feeding on leafhopper honeydew

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DR MORLEY READ / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DR MORLEY READ / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Ants feeding on the honeydew secreted by leafhoppers (small red/brown insects). Honeydew is a sugar-rich solution produced by leafhoppers. The ants value this as a source of food and protect the leafhoppers from predators. Photographed in the Jatun Sacha Reserve in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

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