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Black Ants - Formica subsericea

Black Ants - Formica subsericea
Rutland, Rutland County, Vermont, USA
June 1, 2007
Size: 1/4 inch
These ants were crawling all over the peonies buds.

Moved
Moved from Ants.

Formicinae: Formica
Formica subsericea, a common eastern NA species, here recognizable by its slightly silky sheen (as the specific epithet suggests) and rounded rear margin of the head.

Exudates?
Ants are always on the prowl for extrafloral exudates, which this bud might be providing. Otherwise, might be some scales or aphids on there somewhere....

 
I always see ants on Peony's.
I always see ants on Peony's.

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