I was wondering again

I noticed an ant farm on a dead cosmos - too far down the garden to waterimage

All of the aphids were still lined up on the stems.  Why didn't the ants move off elsewhere?

Do the ants glue them to their posts? 

In London. Keen but lazy.

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  • sanjy67sanjy67 Posts: 1,007

    the ants are the guards and the greenfly the prisoners, the ants feed off of the sticky coating on the aphids, sometimes biting their little wings off so they can't escape, aphids feed off the plant, produce the sticky stuff on their bodies and this feeds the ants :)

  • B3B3 Posts: 9,070

    The bitten off wings will have accounted for it maybe. Good job ants are ant-sized or we'd really be in troubleimage

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • sanjy67sanjy67 Posts: 1,007

    i'm keeping my biscuits in the safe

    !image

  • B3B3 Posts: 9,070

    image

    In London. Keen but lazy.
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