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These Black Garden Ants keep a small herd of Aphids (plant lice) for a rather specialized purpose. From the Wikipedia:

"Some species of ants "farm" aphids, protecting them on the plant they eat, and eating the honeydew that the aphids release from their anus; this is a mutualistic relationship."



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maska13 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2017
Nice :)
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KeldBach Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2017
Thank you :)
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maska13 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2017
My pleasure!
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Stilleschrei Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
:nod: they keep 'm like we keep cows!
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Maria-Schreuders Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Great picture
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KeldBach Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2016
Thank you, Maria :)
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Maria-Schreuders Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcomeHug 
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happyyesh Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014
Seen this many time but didn't knew they're relative.......amazing fact!!
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KeldBach Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014
Glad you like it :D
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glensworld Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
Nice shot!
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:iconkeldbach:
KeldBach Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
Thanks again :)
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8AlnitakKaleids8 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This is SOME macro shot!!! Nice job :-)
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KeldBach Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
Thanks very much :)
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8AlnitakKaleids8 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure :-)
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Glenn0o7 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012   Photographer
Fantastic shot :)
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KeldBach Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
Thank you :D
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Glenn0o7 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012   Photographer
You're very welcome :)
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SarahharaS1 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
Amazing capture :wow:
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KeldBach Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
Glad you like it, Sarah. You're doing some nice stuff yourself :)
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SarahharaS1 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
Most welcome and thank you :D
Thanks for the watch as well ;)
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Kassaine Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011
This is a GREAT PHOTO. I love it because it shows how things work in the animal kingdom, it's a real action shot.. Great work!!
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KeldBach Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011
Thanks very much. I'm glad you like it :)
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WendyMitchell Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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KeldBach Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011
Thanks very much :)
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WendyMitchell Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is great - I love it!
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KeldBach Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011
Thanks very much :)
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alban-expressed Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011
Wonderful details. :-)
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KeldBach Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011
Thanks, Alban. They were quite interesting to watch :)
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alban-expressed Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
My pleasure. :D
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Rinkle Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
Fabulous shot.
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KeldBach Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011
Thanks very much :)
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malaladanila Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
Amazing shot, Keld!
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KeldBach Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
Thanks, Mihaela :)
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CecilyAndreuArtwork Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the fun information, Keld! Great shot!
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KeldBach Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010
Thanks, Cecily. Glad you enjoyed it :D
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thehurricanes Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010
Awesome photo! It's so detailed!
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KeldBach Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010
Thanks, glad you like it :)
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SteelAtlas Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
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KeldBach Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010
Cool :D
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Rhavethstine Featured By Owner May 29, 2010
Incredible image. All the aphids lined up in one direction goes a long way towards illustrating the herd-like symbiotic relationship. What a complex and meaningful composition, with the ant interacting with the aphids in sharp relief again a perfectly green background. Top notch photography!
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KeldBach Featured By Owner May 31, 2010
Thanks so much for your kind words :)
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deanreevesii Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Just wow... seriously: wow.
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KeldBach Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010
Thanks very much. Glad you like it :)
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MrWitchblade Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010
We had ants doing the same on just one of several plants.

Thing is you can spend an age watching them.

Great pic :)
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KeldBach Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010
Thanks. They are indeed fascinating to watch :)
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oro-elui Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, great capture! outstanding and unique macro :clap:
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KeldBach Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010
Thanks very much :D
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andyjimmy Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2010
That is truly very interesting about what the ants are doing, not to mention a great shot. Well captured!
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KeldBach Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010
Thanks very much :)
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x616 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009
i heared lots of info about ants

but now am seeing the beautiful photo
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