Chestnut Herbal School

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Fierce Farmer Ants Protecting Elecampagne (and Treehopper Larvae)

  A couple days ago while gathering some giant ragweed (Ambrosia trifida, Asteraceae) with my apprentices, we were attacked and bit by some very uppity ants. Now, ant-insect relationships excite me, and ant-plant relationships even more. Naturally I was intrigued, especially because we don’t usually have biting ants in the southern Appalachians. Upon closer investigation, […]