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Pheidole sp.

Pheidole sp.

Ten centimeters below the soil surface, Pheidole ants tend ground pearls (Hemiptera: Margarodidae) for honeydew. Ground pearls are sap-feeding insects that exude excess sugar attractive to ants, while the ants help transport the young insects to new plants. Icononzo, Tolima, Colombia

Margarodidaeground pearlssubterranean antsroot aphidsPheidolesymbiosisants and scale insects