Ever since I was a child, I had been fascinated by the natural world. One of the things that still interests me today, is the symbiotic relationships (also known as mutualism), in which organisms form in order to benefit their own survival.
In this image, ants can be seen scurrying around a large mature aphid, as well as two newly born aphids, and the purpose is for the ants to collect a sugary secretion, that exudes from the the aphids’ rear ends. The aphids gorge on the sap of the plant, and excrete this energy rich liquid for the ants to enjoy, and in return, the formidable ant army provide their precious food source with ample protection from predators.
I have seen scenes such as this in documentaries growing up, and was over the moon when I was able to capture such a relationship for myself with the aid of my camera. In that instant, I was a child again.