Formicid Ants Milking Treehopper Larva
This Order of insects include sawflies, horntails, wood wasps, ensign wasps, Ichneumonids, fairyflies, fig wasps, chalcids, gall wasps, cuckoo wasps, yellow-faced bees, sweat bees, leafcutter bees, carpenter bees, honey bees, bumble bees, orchid bees, velvet ants, spider wasps, paper wasps, yellow jackets, hornets, mud-dauber wasps and ants.
These Ecuadorian ants are harvesting the sweet honeydew secretions of larval treehoppers in return for protection against other insect predators. In this arrangement, ant, larva and adult treehoppers all existed in harmony. Some ants actually corral and rear aphids for the purpose of cultivating their honeydew supplies. The biblical food known as mana that fed the Israelites as they trekked through the Sinai Desert was probably a honeydew secretion.