While watering my Sunflowers I noticed that there were a few ants on one of them, having lost several plants to an aphid infestation last summer I was determined to discover the correlation between ants and aphids.
Honeypot ants tend their aphids and periodically “milk” them for their honeydew secretions by stroking the aphids gently with their antennae. Ants will aggressively protect their aphids and may even move them when they are in danger, transferring them into temporary shelters or new nests. Some ant species also move their aphids into underground burrows during the winter months.
A fascinating and symbiotic relationship. I killed the ants and their flock of aphids with raid pesticide and yet I cant help but be a little distrubed by the insect worlds development of agriculture.