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Ants tending Aphids - Aphis

Ants tending Aphids - Aphis
Black Hills National Forest, Lawrence County, South Dakota, USA
July 22, 2006
Seems interesting. Didn't know exactly where to post it for two reasons: 1) Haven't ID'd the insects and 2)shows two insects on one photo.

Moved from Aphids.


Moved from Frass.

Sorry, accidentally frassed while moving a different image! Now restored...

Moved from Aphids.

Aphids on thistle
I don't have a name for these yet, but I'm going through all the aphid images right now and I found some others that seem to be the same kind (blackish, live on thistle):

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