Ants and Aphids

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Awhile back I noticed a few ants on my Basil and didn't think much of it, extra protein and all. Recently I've noticed the top leaves tightly bunched but still green and loaded with ants. I pinched one bunch off and found it was loaded with aphids, and ants too.

Question: I assume the ants are eating the aphids, will they finish them off?, or should I nuke it from orbit to be sure?
 

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All in the leaf were alive? Or were there live predators, and dead prey, saved as snacks for later?

Small ants, color? What about the aphids?
 
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All in the leaf were alive? Or were there live predators, and dead prey, saved as snacks for later?

Small ants, color? What about the aphids?
I can't recall. I'll try to post a pic later along with observations as we are getting much needed rain :)
Small ants, brown, thankfully not fire ants. Aphids are greenish yellow as I recall.
 
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Wow...that is an ACTIVE aphid community, members of all ages

I'd try Sevin dust, follow the directions, treat for the recommended time...and of course, rinse well before consuming
 

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The ants are farming the aphids for honeydew.

DO NOT USE CHEMICALS ON THEM.

These are a great food for your fish.

Put a plastic container under the leaf/ bud or branch and gently tap/ shake the aphids and ants into the bucket. Then feed to fish or put a lid on the container and freeze for later use.
 
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The ants are farming the aphids for honeydew.

DO NOT USE CHEMICALS ON THEM.

These are a great food for your fish.

Put a plastic container under the leaf/ bud or branch and gently tap/ shake the aphids and ants into the bucket. Then feed to fish or put a lid on the container and freeze for later use.
Didn't want to shake off so I just clipped the bunch off and swirled in the tank and the aphids plus a tiny worm dislodged for a meal.
 

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Perfect fish food.

Here's your thought of the day: certain types of ants farm aphids.
 

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I have a new insect study to research...thanks for this thread, @Oblio

Can someone please delete my suggestion on pesticides, please?
 

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