Following are photos of thatch ants (Formica sp.) tending Puget blue larvae (Plebejus icarioides blackmorei), a subspecies of the Boisduval's blue.
|(1) ant "tickling" the larva with its antennae|
(2) larva protruding organs that produce a nectary substance
(3) ant consuming "nectar"
Following photos show unidentified ants tending larvae of the federally endangered Fender's blue (Plebejus icarioides fenderi), another subspecies of the Boisduval's blue. Both photos were taken at the base of a lupine plant.
|Silvery blue larva on lupine flower stalk|
|Silvery blue larva tended by several unidentified ants|