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Adult and nymph treehoppers with ant attendants - Publilia concava

Adult and nymph treehoppers with ant attendants - Publilia concava
Liska-Stanek Prairie State Preserve, Fort Dodge, Webster County, Iowa, USA
July 30, 2011
Many treehoppers of various stages of development were well attended by busy ants on this prairie plant. Not sure which treehopper or ants they are?

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Adult and nymph treehoppers with ant attendants - Publilia concava Adult and nymph treehoppers with ant attendants - Publilia

With [i]Formica montana[/i] i
With Formica montana in attendance, an abundant ant in mesic and wetter prairies of that area.

 
Thanks James!...knew you woul
Thanks James!...knew you would know the ant :-)

Moved
Moved from Publilia.

Publilia concava
We see lots of ants "tending" treehoppers, but there are no pictures of them actually feeding on the excreted honeydew. Or am I missing something important here?

 
Interesting observation...did
Interesting observation...did not see any sticky 'dew'.

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