|Title||Individual ants specialize on particular aphid herds (Hymenoptera: Formicidae; Homoptera: Aphididae)|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||1980|
|Authors||Ebbers BC, Barrows EM|
|Journal||Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington|
Three ant-aphid associations were each observed for ten consecutive days. Eighty-one percent of 103 individually-marked ant foragers visited only one of many conspecific aphid groups on a particular plant. Specialization on particular herds may help ants maximize their net energy gain from aphid honeydew.