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Mating Acropyga epedana ants, the queen carrying a mealybug in her mandibles.  Acropyga live nearly entirely by consuming secretions of root-feeding mealybugs, and the mealybugs depend on the ants for dispersal and protection.  When young queen ants leave the nest to mate and start new colonies, they take a mealybug with them.

Portal, Arizona, USA

Mating Acropyga epedana ants, the queen carrying a mealybug in her mandibles. Acropyga live nearly entirely by consuming secretions of root-feeding mealybugs, and the mealybugs depend on the ants for dispersal and protection. When young queen ants leave the nest to mate and start new colonies, they take a mealybug with them. Portal, Arizona, USA

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