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Asian Myrmecology, Volume 6, pages 115-118, published June 2014

The first observation of honeydew foraging in army ants since 1933: Aenictus hodgsoni Forel, 1901 tending Eutrichosiphum heterotrichum (Raychaudhuri, 1956) in Southeast China

MICHAEL STAAB

Nature Conservation and Landscape Ecology, Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Freiburg, Tennenbacher Strasse 4, 79106 Freiburg, Germany

DOI: 10.20362/am.006010

© M. Staab

Abstract: In the present paper I report the first observation of army ants tending Hemiptera in Asia. On 7 October 2012 at 10:00 local time approximately 30 workers of Aenictus hodgsoni Forel, 1901 were observed and photographed collecting honeydew from around 50 Eutrichosiphum heterotrichum (Raychaudhuri, 1956) (Aphididae) on fresh shoots of a young 1.5 m high Lithocarpus glaber (Thunberg) Nakai, 1916 (Fagaceae) tree.

Keywords: Aenictus, army ants, trophobiosis, honeydew, BEF-China

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