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Out West, they have leaf-cutter ants that can cause significant damage to deciduous trees. They actually can strip a tree of all its leaves in just a couple of days. The leaves are used to establish a substrate on which the ants grow a fungus which they eat.
Those tan to white perambulating tunnels you see in your tomatoes and a number of other garden plants are made by leaf miners. Leaf miners are the larvae (maggots) of quite tiny flies that eat out the interior of leaves leaving trails that are called mines. There are also beetle and moth leaf miners...
Why me? Scientists in Britain may have found the answer. An individual's likelihood of being selected for a snack by a hungry mosquito may be affected by their genes.
For some reason, the arrival of "sugar ants" in someone's kitchen or pantry generally causes panic to one degree or other. They can be persistent pests, and getting rid of them can be time consuming.