Posted on July 20, 2011July 19, 2011 by RobertaRover Ants Tending Milkweed Aphids I was surprised to see these rover ants tending oleander aphids on this milkweed vine. The adult aphids are bigger that the ants. Midwife? 🙂 Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to email a link to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)
4 Replies to “Rover Ants Tending Milkweed Aphids”
Really nice close up pictures. Is the ant eating the insides of the aphid?
Oh no, the ants don’t eat the aphids, at least this one isn’t. The ant is licking up the sweet honeydew that aphids produce.
Re: Your midwifery question?
It would be interesting to know more about the behavior of ants toward the newly emerging babies. Seems the little aphids could be tender and tasty, but I honestly don’t know if the ants ever eat them.
I would suspect these milkweed/oleander aphids are at least potentially toxic, as they are feeding on milkweeds. Not much attacks these.