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Ants & Plants 2: Friends and Foes (13) More files... by Dr. Mark W. Moffett
Ants and plants have developed many curious relationships - animals pollinating flowers, protecting plants in return for nourishing sap, fending off flies that attack sunflower embryos - all in exchange for room and board.Either way the interaction tends to be beneficial in the long term to both ant and plant- a symbiotic relationship that ecologists call mutualism.
Pollen sprinkled Ant enters Alpine Forget-me-not, Colorado  -  Mark Moffett
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00127827 Pollen sprinkled Ant enters Alpine Forget-me-not, Colorado© Mark Moffett
Ant (Sphecomyrma freyi) encased in amber Found in 1966 as the missing link between modern Ants and their Wasp ancestors  -  Mark Moffett
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00127828 Ant (Sphecomyrma freyi) encased in amber Found in 1966 as the missing link between modern Ants and their Wasp ancestors© Mark Moffett
Ant trapped in resin spilling from the trunk of a rainforest tree, French Guiana  -  Mark Moffett
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00127829 Ant trapped in resin spilling from the trunk of a rainforest tree, French Guiana© Mark Moffett
Weaver Ant (Oecophylla longinoda) group grab an adjacent leaf and stem with mandibles and toes and pull, gradually binding them together, Malaysia  -  Mark Moffett
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00127830 Weaver Ant (Oecophylla longinoda) group grab an adjacent leaf and stem with mandibles and toes and pull, gradually binding them together, Malaysia© Mark Moffett
Jewelmark (Sarota gyas) butterfly caterpillar plies ants with a liquid excreted from its abdomen When the ants are distracted, the caterpillar feeds on the host plant, French Guiana  -  Mark Moffett
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00127831 Jewelmark (Sarota gyas) butterfly caterpillar plies ants with a liquid excreted from its abdomen When the ants are distracted, the caterpillar feeds on the host plant, French Guiana© Mark Moffett
Carpenter Ant (Camponotus sp) feeds on digested nectar excreted by another insect, which itself escapes the ant's wrath  -  Mark Moffett
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00127832 Carpenter Ant (Camponotus sp) feeds on digested nectar excreted by another insect, which itself escapes the ant's wrath© Mark Moffett
Ant (Myrmicaria sp) group defend a young bamboo plant in exchange for nectar found between the plant's segments, Malaysia  -  Mark Moffett
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00127833 Ant (Myrmicaria sp) group defend a young bamboo plant in exchange for nectar found between the plant's segments, Malaysia© Mark Moffett
Ponerine Ant (Ectatomma tuberculatum) protect Passion Flower (Passiflora sp) in return for sweet sap that oozes from the green spots along petals of flower, Peru  -  Mark Moffett
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00127834 Ponerine Ant (Ectatomma tuberculatum) protect Passion Flower (Passiflora sp) in return for sweet sap that oozes from the green spots along petals of flower, Peru© Mark Moffett
Herdsman Ant (Dolichoderus cuspidatus) moving a Mealybug, Malaysia  -  Mark Moffett
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00127835 Herdsman Ant (Dolichoderus cuspidatus) moving a Mealybug, Malaysia© Mark Moffett
Herdsman Ant (Dolichoderus cuspidatus) queen surrounded by guards, marches along as the ants shift the site of their nest, Malaysia  -  Mark Moffett
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00127837 Herdsman Ant (Dolichoderus cuspidatus) queen surrounded by guards, marches along as the ants shift the site of their nest, Malaysia© Mark Moffett
Herdsman Ant (Dolichoderus cuspida) temporary nest consisting of 10,000 exposed and interlinked bodies Hidden within are the queen, young and thousands of Mealybugs, Malaysia  -  Mark Moffett
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00127838 Herdsman Ant (Dolichoderus cuspida) temporary nest consisting of 10,000 exposed and interlinked bodies Hidden within are the queen, young and thousands of Mealybugs, Malaysia© Mark Moffett
Ant (Formica sp) drives off fly that attacks embryos of the Aspen Sunflower, Colorado  -  Mark Moffett
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00127843 Ant (Formica sp) drives off fly that attacks embryos of the Aspen Sunflower, Colorado© Mark Moffett
Entomologist and photographer Dr. Mark Moffett examines an epiphyte for ants, French Guiana  -  Mark Moffett
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00127844 Entomologist and photographer Dr. Mark Moffett examines an epiphyte for ants, French Guiana© Mark Moffett
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