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    Ants living in my Sarracenia?

    Today, I noticed a great deal of ants swarming about my Sarracenia. I was very surprised when I peered into an old purpurea pitcher from last year, and found this!


    It appears that my collection has been colonized by a group of Tetramorium caespitum. (Any ant taxonomists out there to confirm this?) Has this happened to anyone else before?








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    That is fascinating. Ants herd aphids so keep an eye out for those.
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    I get lots of ant colonies in my bog. I think the sand/peat mix makes for easy digging.
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    Neat. Free food! Interesting how they took soil into the pitcher as nesting material.

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    That's awesome. There may be a mutualistic relationship; I'd be curious to know whether the ant's food sources helped to drive prey to other pitchers.

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    I think that's what they do in the wild too

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