Plant-Insect Interaction: Ants on bittersweet

Ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) on the fruit of a bittersweet (Celastrus sp., Celastraceae). Photographed 10/21/2012 at Waterloo State Recreation Area near Chelsea, Michigan.

While hiking at Waterloo State Recreation Area near Chelsea, Michigan yesterday I came across some bittersweet (Celastrus sp., Celastraceae). The hard capsules of these woody, shrubby vines were beginning to split open to reveal the red fruit inside. A number of ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) were swarming over the fruit to take advantage of this sugary late-season food source.

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About Jeremy Sell

Science and nature nerd.
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