Asian Myrmecology: Archive - Volume 6



Asian Myrmecology, Volume 6, pages 115-118, published June 2014
DOI: 10.20362/am.006010

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


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.

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

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

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