Ants Nectaring On My Ilex Crenata Skypointer...

(Robin) Blissfield, MI(Zone 6a)

I'm pretty sure they aren't pollinating, I think they are thieving the nectar. If they are doing the plant some good, like protecting it from herbivores then it's all good.

Who knows?

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Scott County, KY(Zone 5b)

They'd be working pretty hard to get from a male-flowered plant to a female-flowered plant to accomplish pollinating in Ilex crenata.

I suspect there is some sugary substance that attracts them, but that's a new one on me.

(Robin) Blissfield, MI(Zone 6a)

I'm sure they are capable of working that hard, I've heard what they can do with Rubber Trees. ;)

Jackson, MO(Zone 6b)

Ha! Like the rubber tree comment. I say that often to me family when they feel over whelmed.

(Robin) Blissfield, MI(Zone 6a)

Birder, it's a good motivational story. :) I think this might be Monomorium minimum (little black ant), the same prize fighters that protect aphids in exchange for their honeydew.

Magnolia, TX(Zone 9a)

Farming aphids, good little farmers, grrrr.

(Robin) Blissfield, MI(Zone 6a)

I agree Kitt and second that grrr!

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