Geographical Range Southwestern United States, Mexico
Habitat Deserts, dry plains
Scientific Name Myrmecocystus mexicanus
Conservation Status Not listed by IUCN

These fascinating little desert ants can turn themselves into living "honey pots." The nest-mates in a colony convert the food they eat into a sugary liquid. Then they store it inside their body, in their expanding abdomen. When food is scarce, the honey pot ants regurgitate this nectar to feed their nest mates.