Ants and Plants - Alex Wild Photography
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Some plant species attract ants with special nectar-producing glands.  It is thought that ants help protect the plant from herbivorous pest insects, so the arrangement is beneficial for both ants and plants.  Here, a Crematogaster cerasi forager feeds from a leaf nectary of an Ailanthus tree of paradise.

Champaign, Illinois, USA

Some plant species attract ants with special nectar-producing glands. It is thought that ants help protect the plant from herbivorous pest insects, so the arrangement is beneficial for both ants and plants. Here, a Crematogaster cerasi forager feeds from a leaf nectary of an Ailanthus tree of paradise. Champaign, Illinois, USA

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