honey pot ants


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  • Location: Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, USA
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  • Info: Live streaming webcam showing a colony of honey pot ants.

    Honeypot ants are ants that store large amounts of food in the abdomens of certain worker ants. The abdomens of these workers become distended and other ants within the colony then extract the nourishment from them so they are in a sense – living larders. These storage ants are called repletes and using their strong legs, they hang from the top of their underground chamber for their entire life. Foraging ants bring back nectar, water and insect juices and transfer it into the mouth of an awaiting replete. This transfer of food is called trophallaxis. There are 28 species of honeypot ants in North America.