Ants as pollinators?

Ants tend to get a bad press in the gardening world: they farm aphids, they tunnel everywhere, and they sometimes bite or squirt you with formic acid.

Ant on rosemary
Ant on rosemary

But sometimes ants are beneficial, acting as pollinators to flowering plants. Othertimes, they are simple thieves – drinking nectar without transferring pollen. I think the latter is the case in this situation with the ant “stealing” nectar from a rosemary flower.

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