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Fleurisa

On a similar note, why do ants like to crawl around peony buds, when again there are no aphids?

Roy Hill
Fleurisa wrote (see)

On a similar note, why do ants like to crawl around peony buds, when again there are no aphids?

My guess (from observations) are that they are on the hunt for aphids to farm. I am assuming these are black ants.

BobTheGardener

Sara, they follow the hormone trails of each other so there may have been aphids on it which are now gone, but the ants will just keep following the trail for a while.  I saw a nature program where some (Army ants I think) broke of from the main trail and formed a circle - they eventually died of starvation.

flowering rose

the ants are getting ready to harvest the aphids by puttting them there (watch) and farm them to their advantage thats why you put a oily rag round apple tree to prevent this.

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