Scientific name: Arthropoda: Insecta: Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Camponotus sp.
Common Name: ant
County: not applicable
Date: August 2000
Photographer: D. S. Kjar
Identifier: D. S. Kjar
Collector: not applicable
Location: Glover-Archbold Park
Keywords: A FEar FEtr GU honeydew ROCR tree
Additional Information: Many ant species "farm" aphids (= ant-cows, plantlice) for honeydew, a sugary aphid excretion (Barrows 2001).
The ants often chase away competitors for the honeydew and parasites and predators that could harm the aphids.
Both ants and aphids can benefit from their interrelationship.
Individual ants may return to the same aphid groups from day to day (Ebbers and Barrows 1980).
Barrows, E. M. 2001. Animal Behavior Desk Reference. A Dictionary of Animal Behavior, Ecology, and Evolution. Second Edition. CRC Press LCC, Boca Raton, FL. 922 pp.
Ebbers, B. C. and E. M. Barrows. 1980. Individual ants specialize on particular aphid herds (Hymenoptera; Formicidae, Homoptera: Aphididae). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 82: 405-407.