ABOVE: Ficus tinctoria var gibbosa (male) fig fruit. These ants appear to have hollowed out this ripe male fig fruit either so that they can use it for housing (domatia) or possibly also to use it for farming aphids. If you look inside the red circle, you will note two tiny almost transparent aphids, which must have been transported there by the ants. Many species of ants “farm” aphids so that they can feed on on honey dew (sugary secretions) excreted by the aphids.
Fort Margherita Kuching. Fort Margherita is currently occupied by the Brooke Museum. The forest behind the fort is rich in large fig trees including Ficus tinctoria var gibbosa, Ficus virens and Ficus benjamina.