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The Shepherd and the flock.


Posted by david fletcher on Sat Aug 27, 2022 1:12 pm

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Z9 and 105 2.8 D Micro Nikkor in manual focus.  1/320 F4 at 400ISO.  Always thought Aphids and the little critters were black... 

This Ant's duty it seemed was to keep an eye on this flock.aka dairy farmer...  (Ant's do love a bit of Sugar and the Aphids seem happy to provide honeydew which does seem to please the ants)... 

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by Karl Egressy on Sun Aug 28, 2022 12:24 am
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Good knowledge of the subject and a very interesting and well presented image, David.
 

by david fletcher on Sun Aug 28, 2022 3:52 am
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by Tom Whelan on Sun Aug 28, 2022 10:06 am
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Fine behavior image. I’ve seen red aphids, so there’s a variety of colors.
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by david fletcher on Sun Aug 28, 2022 11:40 am
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Tom Whelan wrote:
Fine behavior image. I’ve seen red aphids, so there’s a variety of colors.


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by Carol Clarke on Sun Aug 28, 2022 3:25 pm
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Well spotted and captured, Dave! The wasps do love to milk their little aphids to make them excrete more honeydew, and this one is certainly being very attentive to its little flock. Excellent capture of this interaction/behaviour!

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by david fletcher on Mon Aug 29, 2022 3:45 am
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by Cynthia Crawford on Mon Aug 29, 2022 6:51 pm
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Very interesting behavior- excellent illustration! Very sharp where needed too. Cool! :)
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by david fletcher on Tue Aug 30, 2022 4:37 am
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by matty on Thu Sep 01, 2022 6:34 am
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Excellent document, ants defend aphids especially from ladybugs. In order to receive juice ants stress the abdomen of aphids... :wink:
 

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