Honeypot Ants

In semi-desertic areas all over the world different species of ants have independently evolved into similar remarkable ways for staying alive in the dry season.

During the rains, the colony feeds some of their workers with water and nectar. These workers store the extra food in a part of their digestive system called the crop. So it happens then that this front part or their abdomen swells. They can not move around, because they become too heavy. They have to hang in the nest as living larders. When long, flowerless season come, the rest of the colony uses them as living silos.   But guess what!  There are some indigenous groups, at least in Australia, that know this secret and go into their nest and have a feast with the full-of-honey ants.

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