One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An ant that stores large amounts of honeydew and nectar in its elastic abdomen, which becomes greatly distended. This is then fed to nest mates by regurgitation.
Myrmecocystus and other genera, family Formicidae
- ‘We go hunting for honey ants and we look for bush turkey.’
- ‘Ants have been a food resource for Aborigines in Australia, who relished especially the honey ants, which they call yarumpa.’
- ‘Honey ants store nectar in their bodies to sustain their colony during times of drought.’
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