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Symbiosis in insects in which food is obtained from one species (the trophobiont) by another in return for protection.
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The relationship in which ants receive honeydew from aphids and other homopterans, or the caterpillars of certain lycaenid and riodinid butterflies, and in return provide these insects with protection.

The insects supplying the honeydew are referred to as trophobionts.

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