Tending the herd by larry flewers
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Aphids exude a sweet liquid which is a good food source for the ants, who look after the aphids and ‘milk’ them with their antennae to get the honeydew. The ants protect the aphids from other predators, and will even herd them around, moving them from one colony to another.

The relationship is called mutualistic, as both species benefit. The ants get food, the aphids get protection.
Canon 60D
Raw
Canon 60mm f/2.8 USM Macro lens
Speedlite flash
iso 200

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macro, ant, aphid, insect, canon, 60d raw

I have been into photography since 2009 when I had a little Sony Cyber shot Point and shoot camera I then moved onto a Fuji finepix s1000fd bridge camera I now use a Canon 60D and a Canon 500D and the mirror less compact eos m am now looking to update to a full frame I love all forms of photography have recently Got into HDR and Macro work

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  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 2 years ago

  • Thank you Ray

    – larry flewers

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 2 years ago

    WONDERFUL capture

  • Thank you Larry

    – larry flewers

  • Alex  Motley
    Alex Motleyalmost 2 years ago

    Stunning!

  • Cheers mate

    – larry flewers

  • patcheah
    patcheahalmost 2 years ago

    Superb close up! Love all those aphids . Was he eating them?

  • Thank you and no they farm them for the sticky honey dew the Aphids make

    – larry flewers

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