|Rearing insects to obtain honey|
Some people call the aphid, the ant's cow. In order to obtain sweet sap from the aphids, ants carry them to the buds of trees that produce a large amount of sweet sap.
||Paratrechina flavipes helping aphids to move|
|Obtaining food from scale insects|
The ant also raises scale insects. Instead of taking the sweet sap away, the ants defend the scale insects from parasitic flies or carry them to a place where a large amount of the sweet sap can be obtained.
||Paratrechina flavipes sucking sweet sap from scale insects|
|Raising lycaenid butterfly larvae|
The Camponotus japonicus ant is particularly fond of a sweet fluid released by balck lycaenid butterfly larvae. These larvae are carried into the nest of Camponotus japonicus where they are raised during their larval stage.
||Camponotus japonicus raising larvae of balck lycaenid butterfly|