Today the theme at Life Photo Meme at Adventures of a Free Range Urban Primate blog is “Honor an Invert.” We love a particular invertebrate group here at Wild About Ants…
…so why are we showing butterflies?
Do these butterflies have anything to tell us about the importance of ants?
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ok… so what DO these butterflies tell us about the importance of ants?
I know! Those are lycaenid butterflies, and their larvae often somehow or another are associated with ants. Some provide their particular species of ant with sugary secretions from a gland on their backside in exchange for protection, while others are predators of ant larvae inside the ant nests.
I’m not an expert, just happened to know. 🙂
Yes, you’ve got it. That’s why I put them in a blog about ants.
If you are interested in learning more, I just looked into this in greater depth at http://blog.wildaboutants.com/2010/01/10/ants-and-blue-butterflies/