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Old 07-19-2009, 11:33 AM   #1
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A Loblolly Pine that I planted this spring is covered with these ants. The other 4 that I planted last fall are not. What is going on? Do I need to be concerned?

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They appear to be some species of Formica to me. They collect sap as an antibiotic to keep the colony clean. And favor some plants as well groups of aphids randomly each year.
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Old 07-19-2009, 05:04 PM   #3
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So, ants AND tree are happy?
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Old 07-19-2009, 05:18 PM   #4
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Yes they should be.
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Old 07-19-2009, 05:21 PM   #5
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Thank you, MrILoveTheAnts! I posted this inquiry in the hope that you would see it, and knew that you would be able to help.
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