ants... friends or foe???
i have (and have had since the beginning of my planting season) ants over many of my plants. not gobs and gobs like an infestation, but at any given point you can find several black ants just scurring all over the place... they do not eat the leaves if they did my sunflowers would be naked, what are they doing? do they eat other insects... obviously we have all seen them carrying the dead ones, but do they kill and protect my precious plants? they are especially prevelent on my sunflower and corn plants. i think i have even seen them eating (or collecting-whatever) squash bug eggs on the back of a zucchini? could this be? other than that i have no idea what they are doing... there are no ant holes in my garden... thanks. sarah