Ant Farmers

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Aren’t these cool shots?!? I mean…if I do say so myself. I just mean seeing that little bowl of aphids there and the ant tending them. So So SOOOO cool.

While Adrian, our neighbour, and the kids were out tending the bees they noticed these little guys.  The neighbour, who’s an entmologist and so patient and generous with his time, told Ryan and Julia all about them.

The ants actually protect and “farm” the aphids. They excrete honey dew which the ants eat. How do the ants get it? The ants tickle the aphids until the aphids “poop” out the honey dew. Tee hee.

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About Debbie

I am a stay at home mom of 2 energetic children. I homeschool them as well. I have a great husband who, after 7 years of working away from, finally has a job where he is home every night. We are trying to learn how to live together again along with adjusting to the lower pay that came along with the job change.
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5 Responses to Ant Farmers

  1. Carla says:

    Fabulous picture! So interesting.

  2. Janet T. says:

    That is FABULOUS! Really good pictures. I have always loved “ant farmers”. 🙂

  3. Dawn says:

    Those are great photos and that is really cool how the ants tend the aphids.

  4. Pamela says:

    never seen anything like it. ( I call honey – Bee Vomit)

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