Monday, April 4, 2011

A Weasel & Ants: Vole Eater & Aphid Herders

How would you milk an aphid?

Hmm, carefully, I suppose.

In her “A Cook’s Garden” in the Washington Post, Barbara Damrosch discusses a weasel and “farming ants.” The weasel eyes her chickens but catch a vole (meadow mouse) instead. The ants herd and milk aphids in ways hard to imagine.

How do the ants milk aphids? With their forelegs and antennae, says Damrosch.

And how do they keep the aphids from escaping?

Find out by reading Damrosch’s six paragraphs. CLICK HERE.

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