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Ants Tending Planthoppers - Formica subsericea

Ants Tending Planthoppers - Formica subsericea
Altapass Orchard on Blue Ridge Parkway, McDowell County, North Carolina, USA
August 15, 2012
Size: Ants about 1 cm
Would like to know the ant as well as the planthopper. The ants were clearly tending the plant hoppers, who are represented in the photo as both nymph and (I believe) adult.

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Formica fusca group
The ants are Formica fusca group, and probably Formica subsericea. James Trager should be able to tell for sure.

 
Right Ben.
From that location, F. subsericea is the only one likely. (And they look like it.)

Yes, Treehopper looks to be
Publilia

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