The Friendly Ants

436. Nature

436. Nature

Garden lore has it that ants are needed for the peony to set bud and to open the blossoms. Not true! But the ants do have a symbiotic relationship with the peonies. The ants are attracted to the sweetness of the nectar. At the same time, they also eat insects that would be harmful to the peony petals.


9 Responses to “The Friendly Ants”

  1. 1 tmcchesney
    May 25, 2009 at 7:19 am

    Awesome, looks like this guy is enjoying some water! Fabulous catch!

  2. May 25, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    Love that bud! He’s got a while to get to the nectar, but he won’t be thirsty today.

  3. May 25, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Such an awesome shot. Isn’t Spring great – all those flowers and bugs to get macro shots of

  4. May 25, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    Beautiful shot! Just a simple little glimpse into the relationships of nature.

  5. 5 Gandalf
    May 26, 2009 at 7:06 am

    I guess this gives new meaning to the phrase “This bud’s for you.”

  6. May 26, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Sweet! (said the ant) Wonderful DOF, peony buds have so much promise.

  7. June 17, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    Wonderful shot! First time seeing this happen with ants…awesome!

  8. May 20, 2010 at 8:54 am

    Have heard the theory that ants help to open peonie buds before, but I don’t think I believe it!

  9. 9 Cams
    March 18, 2011 at 1:06 am

    In other ways ants can help a lot to our plants,,He had a great time up there huh? 🙂

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