Honeypot ants, also called honey ants or repletes, are ants which are gorged with food by workers, to the point that their abdomens swell enormously, a condition called plerergate. Other ants then extract nourishment from them.
Fire Ant species Solenopsis invicta. Distribution, Habitat, Identification, Diet, Colony size, Nests, Queens, Workers, Risks, Facts, Photos, Videos.
The work of Swiss Biologist Rudiger Wehner on desert ants has shown that they are able to count their steps. Wehner and his team proved this by attaching stilts to ants' legs. With the longer stride, ants overshot the distance to a food source. When their legs were shortened, they undershot it, proving they had a kind of inner pedometer keeping track of the number of steps. The ant species here is Cataglyphis fortis.
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