黃猄蟻巢 weaver ants’ nest

現代的燈飾設計,靈感是否來自這高掛樹梢的蟻巢。

黃猄蟻是野外常見的大型螞蟻。一些工蟻負責運來樹葉,另一些工蟻就抱著幼蟲,靠著幼蟲吐的絲,穿梭樹葉間將之縫合。

黃猄蟻的社群,有蟻后,而工蟻是不育的雌蟻,均由蟻后產卵受精而成。

此外,黃猄蟻與蚜蟲等同翅目昆蟲有獨特的互助關係。蚜蟲吸啜植物液汁,然後將多餘的水和糖分從尾部排走。這些分泌會誘發真菌滋生,覆蓋葉面的後果是影響到植物的光合作用。奇妙的自然總有相生相剋的對頭。黃猄蟻和其他螞蟻就最愛這些蜜露,甚至時常用觸角刺激這些同翅目昆蟲分泌,為牠們提供食量;而牠們則在日常生活中保護這些蚜蟲。

this is the work created by big ants in the wild. their common name is weaver ant. and this is the artwork they weave. they make nests in trees made of leaves stitched together using the silk produced by their larvae. their community is interesting. there is an ant queen, and then the worken ants. the worken ants are the infertile female.

weaver ants like other ants have mutualistic relationship with aphid (plant lice). the latter feed on sap from plants and they will then release honeydew from their tails. to exchange for the honeydew the weaver ants farm from the aphid, they will act as the aphids’ protectors.

黃猄蟻oecophylla smaragdina

蟻科family: formicidae

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