Honey Pot Ant
|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.