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Aphaenogaster tennesseensis

Aphaenogaster tennesseensis

On the underside of a sun-soaked leaf, Aphaenogaster tennesseensis tending to Entylia sp. treehoppers. The treehoppers secrete sweet honeydew for the ants in exchange for protections from parasites and predators. Lake Glendale, Illinois, USA

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