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Formicine ants are often dependent on honeydew-producing insects.  Here, Lepisiota sp. workers tend to scale insects in a South African forest.

St. Lucia, KZN, South Africa

Formicine ants are often dependent on honeydew-producing insects. Here, Lepisiota sp. workers tend to scale insects in a South African forest. St. Lucia, KZN, South Africa

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