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Dinosaurs In Their Time, Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Image Credit: Laughing through Motherhood.

another honeypot ant, or honey ant. These ants have 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