Adranes sp. - Myrmecophilous beetle
Northern Sierra Nevada, California, USA
Ant nests provide an impressive concentration of resources, and many animals have evolved to exploit the ants' riches. This odd little beetle, only a couple millimeters long, is found in nests of Lasius ants. The beetle produces secretions that the ants find attractive and induces the ants to feed it.
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