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Ants & Plants 1: Partnerships (10) More files... by Dr. Mark W. Moffett
Ants and plants have developed many curious relationships - pitcher plants that accomodate complete ant colonies, ant debris composting to nourish a fern, ants planting seeds to sprout Ant Gardens. Either way the interaction tends to be beneficial in the long term to both ant and plant- a symbiotic relationship that ecologists call mutualism.
Carpenter Ant (Camponotus schmtzi) on tendril of host Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes bicalcarata), Borneo, Malaysia
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00127736 Carpenter Ant (Camponotus schmtzi) on tendril of host Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes bicalcarata), Borneo, Malaysia© Mark Moffett
Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes bicalcarata) traps insects in fluid filled cup where the insects drown and are slowly digested by the plant's juices, Borneo  -  Mark Moffett
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00127737 Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes bicalcarata) traps insects in fluid filled cup where the insects drown and are slowly digested by the plant's juices, Borneo© Mark Moffett
Carpenter Ant (Camponotus sp) group and pupae nest safely in tendril of carnivorous pitcher plant, Borneo  -  Mark Moffett
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00127738 Carpenter Ant (Camponotus sp) group and pupae nest safely in tendril of carnivorous pitcher plant, Borneo© Mark Moffett
Carpenter Ant (Camponotus sp) swims unharmed in digestive juices of pitcher plant collecting large prey which would otherwise decompose and turn juices foul The symbiotic relationship benefits both An...  -  Mark Moffett
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00127739 Carpenter Ant (Camponotus sp) swims unharmed in digestive juices of pitcher plant collecting large prey which would otherwise decompose and turn juices foul The symbiotic relationship benefits both An...© Mark Moffett
Carpenter Ant (Camponotus sp) group safely carry large insects up the slippery walls of a pitcher plant without getting trapped and drowning in the plant's digestive juices  -  Mark Moffett
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00127740 Carpenter Ant (Camponotus sp) group safely carry large insects up the slippery walls of a pitcher plant without getting trapped and drowning in the plant's digestive juices© Mark Moffett
Ant (Philidris sp) feeding on the oily orange spores of a host fern The ant lives in the fern's stem, where it drags nutrient rich debris to create compost for the fern, Borneo.  -  Mark Moffett
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00127741 Ant (Philidris sp) feeding on the oily orange spores of a host fern The ant lives in the fern's stem, where it drags nutrient rich debris to create compost for the fern, Borneo.© Mark Moffett
Ant Plant (Hydnophytum sp) which grows plastered to tree trunks, provides ants (Philidris sp) with a home, drawing nutrient from insect parts collected and brought home by the ants, Bako National Park...  -  Mark Moffett
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00127744 Ant Plant (Hydnophytum sp) which grows plastered to tree trunks, provides ants (Philidris sp) with a home, drawing nutrient from insect parts collected and brought home by the ants, Bako National Park...© Mark Moffett
Ant (Formicidae) colony living in Dancing Bulb (Tillandsia bulbosa) scientists are studying whether the ants and plant have a symbiotic relationship, French Guiana  -  Mark Moffett
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00127745 Ant (Formicidae) colony living in Dancing Bulb (Tillandsia bulbosa) scientists are studying whether the ants and plant have a symbiotic relationship, French Guiana© Mark Moffett
Ant (Pachycondyla goeldii) carries Flamingo Plant (Anthurium sp) seed back to nest There it will eat the sticky string attached and then plant the seed, the seed will sprout and grow a new Ant Garden  -  Mark Moffett
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00127746 Ant (Pachycondyla goeldii) carries Flamingo Plant (Anthurium sp) seed back to nest There it will eat the sticky string attached and then plant the seed, the seed will sprout and grow a new Ant Garden© Mark Moffett
Ants together with the plant's spines guards a Rattan Palm, Singapore  -  Mark Moffett
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00127748 Ants together with the plant's spines guards a Rattan Palm, Singapore© Mark Moffett
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