Tuesday, July 29, 2008

trumpet vine



does anyone know what the ant is actually doing on the flower bud before it blossoms?

6 comments:

Katie said...

No clue what the ant is doing, but this sure is a stunning photo of the trumpet vine!

Arnold Layne said...

I love the detail on this photo, especially the fact that you can make out the ant, and what a beautiful flower.

Paz said...

The ant is making its way to the top. ;-) Lovely flower.

Paz

Lily Hydrangea said...

So in case you guys were wondering, the ants are attracted to scale. Scale is an oval shaped bump on the stems of the undersides of their leaves which produce a honeydew the ants like. Most importantly, the ants won't harm the flowers!
I had to post a trumpet vine because they are blooming all over Long Island right now.
I'm glad everyone liked it! Thanks for the nice comments.

Paz said...

Very interesting! Thanks for the explanation. I have a photo of some ants (a lot of ants) on a flower. Now that you've explained, I think they were doing the same thing. Hmmm... Maybe I'll post the photo.

Paz

Ming the Merciless said...

Crossing the "street"?!?! :-)