Beach edge dwelling ants, ID please!

Herpetologydude

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Got some interesting shots from the beach of these ants that build their nests on the plants growing at the edge of the sand dunes. Any idea on the species?




 

dtknow

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well, they are tending to what look like scale insects in those photos-those are not the nests. They likely live quite some distance away.
 

Herpetologydude

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Thanks guys!

Yes upon closer inspection I see that those are Scale bugs now! apparently this is a common occurrence in a few species of ants to harvest the buggers and eat some material they produce. Very cool stuff, gotta love Hymenopterans!
 
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