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A cross-section of an urban lawn reveals plump pink ground pearls (Margarodidae) feeding on grass, and tiny Solenopsis molesta thief ants tending them for honeydew.

Urbana, Illinois, USA

A cross-section of an urban lawn reveals plump pink ground pearls (Margarodidae) feeding on grass, and tiny Solenopsis molesta thief ants tending them for honeydew. Urbana, Illinois, USA

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