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Old 07-10-2012, 07:53 PM   #1
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I was happy to see the Buttonbush in bloom by the Res. I immediately took a picture of the first one I encountered and, upon checking it's quality in the display, noticed the activity just below the bloom. I guess I was so excited to see the flowers that I missed the excitement going on just below.

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Old 07-10-2012, 08:21 PM   #2
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Geeeee - there's a whole army of them!
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I was happy to see the Buttonbush in bloom by the Res. I immediately took a picture of the first one I encountered and, upon checking it's quality in the display, noticed the activity just below the bloom. I guess I was so excited to see the flowers that I missed the excitement going on just below.

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milking the aphids?
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milking the aphids?
In a manner of speaking, yes...
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Those are a Crematogaster species, Acrobat Ants, which are very hard to identify to species level. Their foraging lines seem to go on forever as they nest in preexisting structures often in dead wood, and with very little notifications made on their part. They're rarely as bad as Carpenter Ants.

I have a buttonbush too but I haven't noticed any aphids on it. They've been working the Trumpet Vine though, and the Trillium seeds will be opening up very soon.
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