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What up with these ants

What up with these ants
Punta Gorda FL, / Nature Park, Charlotte County, Florida, USA
November 11, 2010
Size: 6mm
The ants certainly seemd intereste in this. Are these Aphid hatchlings?

Moved
Moved from ID Request.

The are whiteflies (Aleyrodid
The are whiteflies (Aleyrodidae)

They look like
whitefly nymphs.

 
I should have mentioned
They are on the underside of sea grape leaves. Do ants tend these like aphids?

 
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Ants are attracted to honeydew from whiteflies, scale insects, treehoppers, and anything else that produces honeydew, and although the relationships with these may not be as complex as those with aphids, I think the ants do guard these honeydew producers from predators.

 
Thanks, Charley
I have started a blog with my nature observations and photography and would appreciate it if you could take a look at what I have written on these.

http://birdsnbugs.wordpress.com/2010/11/16/ants-and-aphids-small-scale-farming/

 
Looks good, except
the word "larvae" is reserved for immature stages of insects that have complete metamorphosis (butterflies/moths, flies, wasps/bees, scorpionflies, fleas, beetles), so the correct term for these is "nymphs".

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