Ants enjoy eating aphid honeydew, the sugary secretions produced by aphids, so they are often found foraging in aphid-infested areas. Furthermore, studies have shown that ants go to some trouble to make sure their secretion-suppliers don’t go anywhere–ants have been known to bite wings off of aphids to keep them from flying to another plant, and are also known to secrete chemicals that both retard aphid wing growth and subdue and tranquilize aphids. Thus they exist in a sort of symbiosis, though ants get the far better end of the deal.
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