These “blackfly” are carefully tended to by a handful of busy ants. The ants ‘farm’ the aphids for their #sweet, sugary secretions, called honeydew. They push the #blackfly to the tips of the #plants, where all the fresh, new growth is (apparently blackfly produce the sweetest #honeydew from the youngest leaves). This is all quite #fascinating if you’re something of an amateur #entomologist which I kind of am.  I’ve been wanting to meet them since #
forever.  So glad I finally have.  

#ants #farming #nature #bliss

These “blackfly” are carefully tended to by a handful of busy ants. The ants ‘farm’ the aphids for their #sweet, sugary secretions, called honeydew. They push the #blackfly to the tips of the #plants, where all the fresh, new growth is (apparently blackfly produce the sweetest #honeydew from the youngest leaves). This is all quite #fascinating if you’re something of an amateur #entomologist which I kind of am. I’ve been wanting to meet them since #
forever. So glad I finally have.

#ants #farming #nature #bliss