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A minor worker of Camponotus floridanus tending scale insects.  Camponotus are more dependent on honeydew-producing insects than are most other ant species, and their guts contain highly specialized microbes that help the ants thrive on the carbohydrate-rich diet.

Archbold Biological Station, Florida

A minor worker of Camponotus floridanus tending scale insects. Camponotus are more dependent on honeydew-producing insects than are most other ant species, and their guts contain highly specialized microbes that help the ants thrive on the carbohydrate-rich diet. Archbold Biological Station, Florida

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