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Pseudomyrmex spinicola workers harvest Beltian bodies on an Acacia tree. The tree and the ant are locked into relationship where the survival of both partners depends on the other.  The ants provide the Acacia with protection from herbivores and from competing plants, while the tree provides the ants with food and shelter.  

Chiriqui, Panama.

Pseudomyrmex spinicola workers harvest Beltian bodies on an Acacia tree. The tree and the ant are locked into relationship where the survival of both partners depends on the other. The ants provide the Acacia with protection from herbivores and from competing plants, while the tree provides the ants with food and shelter. Chiriqui, Panama.

Pseudomyrmex spinicolaPseudomyrmaPseudomyrmexPseudomyrmecinaeformicidaeant plantants and plantsecologymutualismcoevolutionadaptationevolutionbeltian bodyAcaciatropical ecologyinsectsinsectswollen thorn acaciabotanyscience