Family: Pseudococcidae (mealybugs)
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Argentine ants Linepithema humile tending mealybugs for honeydew.
Mealybugs are plant suckers and are serious pests of many agricultural crops as well as
being bothersome to the gardener. They have a pink appearance and are covered by powdery
'mealy'-like wax. Like many other bugs, they produce a sugary substance called honeydew
that is attractive to ants. The ants patrol the bugs and in doing so scare away predators
and parasitoids thus benefiting the bugs.