Aphid Milking Ants

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Asylumental
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Aphid Milking Ants

Post: # 55768Post Asylumental
Fri Feb 08, 2019 12:39 am

I'm just wondering are there any specific species of ants that milk aphids?

Or is it something common amongst a lot of different species?

I seem to be having a hard time finding a clear answer with a Google search...most search result talk about the aphid more than the ants..

Any of them located in Canada?

harvesterant
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Re: Aphid Milking Ants

Post: # 56393Post harvesterant
Tue Mar 12, 2019 11:45 am

I have heard of wood ants milking aphids. These ants seem to live in Canada.

JoeHostile1
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Re: Aphid Milking Ants

Post: # 56396Post JoeHostile1
Tue Mar 12, 2019 12:53 pm

I believe many species of ants exhibit this behaviour. Probably all sub terrain species in Canada milk root aphids. These are species that forage underground such as the parasitic species Lasius claviger, ect. Camponotus species farm aphids that live on plants bushes. As well as Formica species, I know this because one time I walked through a bush and then had a strong burning sensation on my arm. I looked down and there was like 10 Formica workers attacking my arm.

Basically any ants you see on trees or plants are probably farming aphids.
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AntsDakota
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Re: Aphid Milking Ants

Post: # 56530Post AntsDakota
Sun Mar 17, 2019 2:41 pm

Asylumental wrote:
Fri Feb 08, 2019 12:39 am
I'm just wondering are there any specific species of ants that milk aphids?

Or is it something common amongst a lot of different species?

I seem to be having a hard time finding a clear answer with a Google search...most search result talk about the aphid more than the ants..

Any of them located in Canada?
There are thousands of species that milk aphids. A few common examples would be the genera Lasius, Formica, Camponotus, and Myrmica. All of these genera both exist and are very common throughout Canada, the U.S., and Europe (except in the arctic, where there are almost no ants).
"God made every kind of wild beasts and every kind of livestock and every kind of creeping things;" (including ants) "and God saw that it was good." Genesis 1:25

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