Myrmecocystus mexicanus - Mexican honeypot ant
Captive colony at the California Academy of Sciences
(from Southwestern North America)
Honeypot ants have an unusual food storage system. Some members of each colony act as living receptacles known as "repletes", these ants become engorged with food and hang from the ceilings of chambers deep underground. At center is a full replete, to the right is an unengorged worker, and to the left is a partially-engorged replete.
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