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Acropyga goeldii

Acropyga goeldii

A nearly blind Acropyga goeldii worker ant tends to root-feeding mealybugs in an underground chamber. The ants depend on their hemipteran "cattle" for food, while the mealybugs are kept safe from predators and carried to new roots by their ant guards. Viçosa, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Acropygahemipteramealybugssymbiosisecologysubterranean antsformicinae