Ants on my Japanese Maple

heavenscent(7b Atlanta)March 27, 2007

Hi All, it has been a while since I have posted here!

I have a large Japanese Maple tree in my(new) front yard that is just awesome. In the past couple of weeks I have seen a constant stream of ants up and down the tree. I have watched them and I can see they are going pretty high in the tree, but I don't see that they are carrying anything down.

Thanks in advance for any help!


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petalnet(NE Georgia)

I wonder if they're going up to get aphids---I have scads of aphids on the new growth at least one of my Japanese maples.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2007 at 5:27PM
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heavenscent(7b Atlanta)

I had read that when I googled "ants on Japanese maple". I guess then it could be a good thing, at least they are killing off aphids?

The problem is that the tree is about 20-30 feet tall, so I can't see up as far as they are going!

    Bookmark   March 27, 2007 at 8:01PM
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buford(7 NE GA)

ants don't kill aphids, they tend them.

here is a link:

    Bookmark   March 27, 2007 at 9:19PM
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they might also be visiting the spring flowers for nectar(?)
or going to any sap that might be coming from the tree.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2007 at 2:25PM
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heavenscent(7b Atlanta)

Let's hope so since I can't get as high as they are going. Cross your fingers!

    Bookmark   March 29, 2007 at 2:51PM
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