https://flic.kr/p/TSLBRd | Labidus sp. male | Found this dead about a month ago, and last week i was able to photograph it. At first i thought this was some ant species queen's, and actually didn't even noticed how gorgeous it was till the point of shooting it. Only when i took it out of the alcohol to be cleaned i saw it was a male. After the stacks and post i was very curious about it's id. So i did some research and narrowed down to a subfamily: ecitoninae. And later that week a friend…
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.
Scientists have re-discovered a fungus-farming ant that uses insect poop as fertilizer
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