The Cherry Tree & The Meat Ant


This is a video about ants which visit my cherry tree. The story is primarily about meat ants (Iridomyrmex purpureus), but a couple of other species make cameo appearances. Why do the ants climb into my cherry tree? You’ll have to watch the video to find out!

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6 Replies to “The Cherry Tree & The Meat Ant”

  1. An excellent explanation of the ants and their activity. Most adults just don’t know these things let alone their kids.
    Thank you.

    • Thanks very much for your comments Brian. Unfortunately many people have a negative opinion of ants, when in fact they are ‘ecological engineers’.

  2. Does the strategy work? Do the ants actually protect the tree from leaf eaters? Or was it in practice just a good idea?

    • The ants won’t touch pear and cherry slug (sawfly larvae), but they might deter a sawfly from laying eggs near them! The ants have little effect on large infestations of black peach aphids (the ladybirds take care of them). They are a deterrent I guess.

  3. Hi Denis. Great video, great music! Loved it that I could see the ant munching away with his little jaws – we miss a lot just looking at bugs with the naked eye. Can you tell me whether other species of trees have these nectaries? I have seen something similar-looking on eucalypts.

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