Ant Farmers?

There are farmers all over the world. They are a common sight to all of us, really. But that is human farmers. Did you know that humans aren't the only creatures that are farmers, and even keep farm animals? Ants, amazingly enough, do exactly that! But instead of cows or something similar, they keep aphids.

The ants actually milk the aphids for a secretion known as honeydew. They even move their herd to make sure they always have good pastures to graze. This is a very sophisticated system for mere insects, isn't it? You have to watch this video to see it all for yourself!

This video was uploaded to YouTube on January 26, 2009 by BBCWorldwide. If you can't see the video above, we also have a link to the YouTube page for this video.

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  1. There are other ants that cut leaves and grow a mold on them also.


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