All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

While I was photographing this Syrphid fly larva eating an aphid, an ant suddenly ran over and tried to bite the larva! Ants obtain honeydew (a sweet liquid waste secretion) from the aphids, so they try to protect them from predators. She was not succe...
While I was photographing this Syrphid fly larva eating an aphid, an ant suddenly ran over and tried to bite the larva! Ants obtain honeydew (a sweet liquid waste secretion) from the aphids, so they try to protect them from predators. She was not successful, but she sure tried! I wish the ant had not come out blurry, but the event happened so quickly I didn't have time to focus!

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