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A small attempt to gather unusual and amazing facts about elements of Nature.

Unique Ants

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[Please Note: I would like to state that I have not experienced / seen any of the facts mentioned here. I am curious about the various unusual phenomenon occurring in nature. I have only researched and compiled these facts together. The images presented in this blog are not photographed by me. Thank you.]

Commonly we know only about the honeybees collecting honey or the butterflies thriving on the nectar. There are also species of ants that collect honey. While the bees store their collection in the bee-hives, these ants have a unique way of storing the honey — they store the honey in their bodies.

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These are honey-ants, also called as honeypot ants. They act as living storage units.

Creatures living in the arid and difficult conditions of desert (mainly in US, Africa and Australia) need special adaptations to survive the harshness of their surroundings. Β Some ant species living in the desert region are such modified insects. Species of Myrmecocystus and Camponotus are found to act as honey storing ants.

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Some of the ants of these species have flexible abdomens. They feed on the food provided by other worker ants. The food comprises of honey and nectar of the desert flowers, plant sap, body parts and juices of dead insects etc. After constant feeding their elastic abdomens bulge with the fluid (food) to a grape size.

These fully engorged, rotund ants are called repletes or pleregates or rotudus. These swollen ants find it difficult to move and they cling to the roofs or the ceilings of the underground nests. These food storing ants are found in the deepest parts of the nest.

 

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In a honey ant colony, these repletes generally form nearly half of the population of the colony. When the food is scarce, other worker ants stroke the antennae of the repletes, then the repletes regurgitate the stored liquid — thus feeding the colony.

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A honey ant colony has a queen, a few male ‘drones’ and a few princesses. Majority of the ant population comprises of sterile females and they act as workers, soldiers and honey ants.

Some of these species are edible and people in some parts of the world consider these as a delicacy. (You can watch a video Here)

These honey ants are important for the ant nests and often there are wars among the ant colonies to capture these live food storage tanks.

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39 thoughts on “Unique Ants

  1. Wow this is pretty cool! Ants always seem so invincible! Lol

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  2. Mindblowing collections..Awesome photoss

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  3. As usual very interesting post , full of informations. I always love your dear. 🌷

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  4. Many many thanks Rekhaji πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  5. Really is fascinating! Thanks for this really interesting post.

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  6. Sounds interesting ! πŸ™‚

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  7. OMG, I didn’t have any idea about their existence, amazing

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  8. They look like pebbles in first glance

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  9. That was interesting! Have never heard of this before… This is the first time I’m visiting your blog, and already loving it πŸ™‚
    Have you heard of antlions? Already posted about it? If not, you can research on it and post…just a suggestion…

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    • I’m happy that you liked the blog and I hope that you would visit again.
      I ran a primary search on antlions and found it very interesting indeed, I’d surely like to write about it.
      Thank you so much for your valuable suggestion and appreciation πŸ™‚

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      • During my childhood days, we used to catch the antlions by dropping an ant into their holes πŸ™‚
        We call it “kuzhiyaana”. Very recently i learnt its english name !

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      • The shape of this insect looks familiar, only I don’t remember seeing those pincers; but yes, we have often seen those holes or pits πŸ™‚
        It was really nice to read about the tricks you used for catching the antlions πŸ™‚ Many thanks for sharing your childhood memories.

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  10. The shape of this insect looks familiar, only I don’t remember seeing those pincers; but yes, we have often seen those holes or pits πŸ™‚
    It was really nice to read about the tricks you used for catching the antlions πŸ™‚ Many thanks for sharing your childhood memories.

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  11. Amazing, beyond my knowledge.
    Very well researched.

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  12. Interesting compilation Savitha

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  13. How amazing!! Thank you for sharing the stunning shots, just Wow. πŸ™‚

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  14. Very interesting!
    Love it.

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  15. THAT WAS VERY EDUCATIONAL FOR ME.

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  16. Thank you for reading the post, I value your nice words ….Thanks πŸ™‚

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