Alex Wild Photography
Some plants have come to rely so heavily on ants to spread their seeds about that they offer the insects a tasty treat in exchange for the dispersal service. Seeds of these species bear a lipid-filled structure called an elaiosome, whose sole function appears to be the attraction of ants.

Here, <i>Aphaenogaster</i> disperse bloodroot (<i>Sanguinaria canadensis</i>) seeds.

Urbana, Illinois, USA

Some plants have come to rely so heavily on ants to spread their seeds about that they offer the insects a tasty treat in exchange for the dispersal service. Seeds of these species bear a lipid-filled structure called an elaiosome, whose sole function appears to be the attraction of ants. Here, Aphaenogaster disperse bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) seeds. Urbana, Illinois, USA

Powered by SmugMug Log In