Ants on a Log

I'm on a personal mission to familiarize G with garden bugs. It's spring, and Seattle's harmless black ants have emerged looking for food. I placed a drop of honey on the perimeter of the garden so G and his friend could watch them swarm around it.

The most annoying habit these ants have is "farming" aphids. They place them on the stalks of tender plants and then "milk" the bugs, squeezing them until a drop of "honeydew" emerges. This can stunt plant growth and transmit viruses.