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Sat Jan 31, 2015, 01:28 PM

Unprecedented Dr-Jekyll-and-Mr-Hyde type of behaviour of aphids towards ants discovered

Unprecedented interaction between aphids and ants that reveals how the first group of insects may display a Dr-Jekyll-and-Mr-Hyde type of behaviour towards the second group has been identified by researchers. Traditionally, aphids and ants have had a relationship based on cooperativism. However, after more than 50 hours of recording different anthills through a microscopy, this research has revealed that a certain species of aphids produces individuals which are adopted in the ant's brood chamber and they end up being aggressive to them by sucking haemolymph from their larvae.



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