Friday, January 9, 2015

Honeypot Ants

Honeypot Ants are primarily found in hot and dry areas throughout the world, where food and water becomes scarce for long periods of time. Many of them occur in extremely hot deserts whereas some reside in transitional habitats. Some of them can also be found in woodlands with cool but very dry climates. The role of honey ants is quite simple. To get big, fat and juicy! They are the "storage units" of the colony, full of nutritional ingredients in liquid form. Workers bring the food and they gorge themselves with it. Overtime, their abdomens become inflated with the liquid substance and they look like small pots of honey, thus their common name. Their inflated abdomens commonly reach the size of a grape. This condition is called plerergate:

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