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Ants (Pheidole megacephala) tending aphids for honeydew.  The tight association of ants and aphids give the ants a significant carbohydrate boost and the aphids protection from predators.

St. Lucia, KZN, South Africa

Ants (Pheidole megacephala) tending aphids for honeydew. The tight association of ants and aphids give the ants a significant carbohydrate boost and the aphids protection from predators. St. Lucia, KZN, South Africa

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