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Ants & Aphids

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I was taking closeups of flowers with my macro lens when I saw a few ants going up and down the stems of 2 daisies. It wasn't apparent what they were until I could open my photos on my computer, when I could see the ants were herding some aphids. I've heard of it, but never seen it before. Ants are able to extract a sweet clear liquid from them. Aphids go through various stages of development. This is one of the earlier stages, eventually ending up as a tiny soft green insect with wings.


hide photo detail info location: Saskatoon, SK | shooting date: 2011-08-13 | camera: Nikon D200 | lens: Zeiss ZF.2 100mm f2 @ 100mm (150mm in 35mm film SLR) | aperture: f/5 | support: Monopod

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