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Ants on my Japanese Maple

Posted by heavenscent 7b Atlanta (My Page) on
Tue, Mar 27, 07 at 16:40

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!

Mandy


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RE: Ants on my Japanese Maple

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.


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RE: Ants on my Japanese Maple

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!


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RE: Ants on my Japanese Maple

ants don't kill aphids, they tend them.

here is a link:

http://www.richsoil.com/antsandaphids/index.jsp


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RE: Ants on my Japanese Maple

they might also be visiting the spring flowers for nectar(?)
or going to any sap that might be coming from the tree.


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RE: Ants on my Japanese Maple

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


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