116/365

Peonies are among my favorite flowers. I guess the ants agree; they are ubiquitous wherever peonies grow.

ants on fern peony bud

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4 thoughts on “116/365

  1. I never really thought about the ant/peony relationship before, Lani, but you inspired me to look into it. It turns out the peony can open with or without the ant but the petals emit a sap that the ants slurp ecstatically!

  2. ever since i was a small child, i’ve been fascinated by this process of the peony needing the ant….or vice versa…
    cool photo! their full colorful blossoms will be here b4 we know it!

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