- The dark, rectangular patches on the belly of a replete are actually the hard exoskeleton plates that normally protect the ant’s abdomen. It is the clear connective tissue that distends the replete’s body.
- Honey ants are a sweet treat! Their bodies are bite-sized balloons of sugary syrup that serve as delightful delicacies for cultures indigenous to arid climates, such as Aboriginal Australians. Western naturalists, such as filmmaker David Attenborough and “The Bug Chef” David George Gordon, also attest to their “marvelously sweet” flavor.
- Many insects store sweet liquid for later use. Honeybees, for instance, store liquid in their combs. Honey ants, however, are the only insects to store the liquid in their own bodies.
people and culture native to Australia and its surrounding islands. Also called Aborigine.
in large amounts.
one of a pair of thin, moveable sensory organs on the heads of insects and some other organisms.
swollen or puffed-up.
specialized type of social insect that carries out a specific function in a colony, such as a worker, drone, or queen.
all weather conditions for a given location over a period of time.
group of one species of organism living close together.
area of land that receives no more than 25 centimeters (10 inches) of precipitation a year.
period of greatly reduced precipitation.
time of year with little precipitation.
soil or dirt.
material found in organisms that is colorless and odorless and may be solid or liquid at room temperature.
material, usually of plant or animal origin, that living organisms use to obtain nutrients.
characteristic to or of a specific place.
room or place where food is kept.
sweet plant material that attracts pollinators.
substance that provides materials or nutrients for life and growth.
substance an organism needs for energy, growth, and life.
animal that hunts other animals for food.
time of year when most of the rain in a region falls.
to vomit or throw up undigested or partly digested food.
caste of worker ant with distendible crop (organ for food storage) in which liquid is stored for later use by the colony.
to study, work, or take an interest in one area of a larger field of ideas.