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Ants are a very important part of the food web. They eat plants, seeds, and decaying plant and animal material.
Many species of ants prey on other insects. Some ants eat insect pests, such as termites.
Some ants eat honeydew, the sweet substance produced by aphids. They will even guard the aphids against predators like ladybugs.
Ants provide food for other arthropods, amphibians, birds, and mammals, and even some carnivorous plants (like the pitcher plant).
Ant lions are the larva of a damselfly like insect. They dig pits in sandy areas to catch the ants they feed on.