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noonamah, Australia

It's amazing what a bit of cooperation can achieve. There's quite a few associations that ants have with other organisms that are mutually beneficial. Of course the ant/aphid or mealy bug associations are a couple that aren't to our advantage.

Thanks for sharing that article.

Greenback, TN(Zone 7a)

Allot of Orchids do this as well and never get mad when I have ants on my Orchids !

" the ant/aphid or mealy bug associations" I hate sooty mold too ! tropicbreeze

Wonderful link.

Santa Ana, CA(Zone 10b)

Thanks for the link, Ted! Very interesting.

north coast nsw, Australia

Orchid flower buds secrete a sticky substance that is ment to attracted ants which will them protect the buds but ants also carry the scale bugs around from plant to plant so i keep ants away from my orchid house.

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