Bulldog Ant, Myrmecia sp.
It is common knowledge that flowers have evolved specifically to attract certain pollinators. Recently, however, it was found that some plants have gone even further by attracting insects to ward off any inefficient pollinators.
Recent studies have found that the Singapore Rhododendron (Melastoma malabathricum) actively attracts Oecophylla smaragdina, a type of weaver ant. These ants then work to fight off small insects that approach the flower. This prevents most small pollinators, which prove to be less efficient than large pollinators, from pollinating the flower. The mechanism by which the plant attracts the ants is yet unknown.
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(Photo by Alex Wild)
A little ant wizard for warm up this morning!
Portrait of the artist as a bug
oh you lil silly
I come home to see how COCKROACH DAY’s been going and notice that everything is set to post… next… thursday. Good. Good job.
Okay, we’ll be holding the event tomorrow, then. :’D Sorry for the delays, everyone, I’m a dummy. Here’s an ant with water for a hat as compensation:
“My hat is water.”
Amazing Ant Antics 4!!
by Eko Adiyanto
Everyone should have a kawaii bug girl waifu, okay.
Check out the full article and the rest of the photographs!