The honeypot ant - a perfect example of nature’s strategy to survive in bad times. The honeypot ant or honey ant, is a normal ant species, but has adopted a special strategy to survive when there is a lack of food. Some of the working ants eat food and divert it into sweet syrup and save this syrup in their abdomens. For that, there abdomen grows big like a pot, sometimes to the size of a grape.

Honeypot ants, also called honey ants, are ants which have specialized workers that are gorged with food by other workers to the point that their abdomens swell enormously. Other ants then extract nourishment from them. They function as living larders

Adult Stigmatomma cannot eat solid food and are incapable of the trophallaxis behavior that allows most other ant species to share food among nestmates. Instead, they have developed a novel way to feed themselves: consuming the hemolymph of nestmate larvae. Ants puncture vulnerable spots in the larval skin- as the ant in the center demonstrates- and lap up the drops of hemolymph. (Stigmatomma oregonensis) Quincy, California, USA

Adult Stigmatomma cannot eat solid food and are incapable of the trophallaxis behavior that allows most other ant species to share food among nestmates. Instead, they have developed a novel way to feed themselves: consuming the hemolymph of nestmate larvae. Ants puncture vulnerable spots in the larval skin- as the ant in the center demonstrates- and lap up the drops of hemolymph. (Stigmatomma oregonensis) Quincy, California, USA

Ants 101: a guide to identifying common types of ant species

Ants a guide to identifying common types of ant species

Leaf Cutter Ant Species - Atta cephalotes antARK

A list of the main Ant Species in the World. Learn about how they survive in their different environments.

33 Bizarre New Ant Species Discovered

33 Bizarre New Ant Species Discovered

#SPG Spiky new ant species is named after Game of Thrones dragons

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The Giant Forest Ant (Camponotus gigas) is the largest ant species in existence and are native to Southeast Asian forests. This soldier giant forest ant is about 3 cm in length. Honeydew makes up 90% of their diet, but they will also consume insects and bird droppings. The ant is an intelligent forager, utilizing both efficient communication and recruitment. A handful of these ants may meet at night to engage in what has observed to be ritual battle. These fights can continue for several…

The Giant Forest Ant (Camponotus gigas) is the largest ant species in existence…

Nature collides with James Bond: Newly discovered ant species hides in plain sight : A new species of ant has been discovered that uses social parasitism to access host ant species' food sources and foraging trails: Cephalotes specularis, commonly known as the mirror turtle ant. Mirror turtle ants are the first-known ant species to use visual mimicry to parasitize another ant species

Nature collides with James Bond: Newly discovered ant species hides in plain sight

Nature collides with James Bond: Newly discovered ant species hides in plain sight : A new species of ant has been discovered that uses social parasitism to access host ant species' food sources and foraging trails: Cephalotes specularis, commonly known as the mirror turtle ant. Mirror turtle ants are the first-known ant species to use visual mimicry to parasitize another ant species

A type of Asian duckweed produces the smallest fruit in the world, which is barely bigger than a pinhead. But that doesn't mean it's not still good for you.

You Won't Believe How Tiny the World's Smallest Fruit Is

A type of Asian duckweed produces the smallest fruit in the world, which is barely bigger than a pinhead.

University of Utah scientist discovers terrifying ant species | The Salt Lake Tribune

University of Utah scientist discovers terrifying ant species

Mini-Monsters of the Forest Floor: 33 New Species of Predatory Ants Identified

The Cyphonia treehopper has a "helmet" extending from its upper thorax that resembles a predatory ant

Tiny insects called treehoppers sport some very odd helmets. Now, researchers have found the insects developed this headgear by reactivating and repurposing their wing-making machinery.

33 Bizarre New Ant Species Discovered

33 Bizarre New Ant Species Discovered

DEMON ANT: Eurhopalothrix zipacna, named after a violent Mayan god, is one of 33 new species of predatory ants discovered in Central America and the Caribbean

Scientists Discover All-Female Ant Species that Reproduces by Cloning

Scientists Discover All-Female Ant Species that Reproduces by Cloning

Mycocepurus smithii - An ant which can reproduce asexually

Black Garden Ant species - Lasius niger. Facts, Identification antARK

A list of the main Ant Species in the World. Learn about how they survive in their different environments. Complete with Pictures, Facts and Videos.

This Ant Species May Support a Controversial Theory on Evolution | At the Smithsonian | Smithsonian

This Ant Species May Support a Controversial Theory on Evolution

sympatric speciation -- species splits into two without geographic separation

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