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Honeypot ants such as Camponotus inflatus are edible and form an occasional part of the diet of various Australian Aboriginal peoples. Papunya, in Australia’s Northern Territory is named after a honey ant creation story, or Dreaming, which belongs to the people there, such as the Warlpiri. The name of Western Desert Art Movement, Papunya Tula, means “honey ant dreaming”.


Honeypot Ants. Some of the ants are used as living "storage units" full of nectar and honey by gorging themselves on the food until their abdomens become so distended with the substances, that their abdomens actually expand to the size of a grape! These ants, called repletes, will feed the other workers.

Ant Death Spiral: when a circle of army ants, each one following the ant in front, becomes locked into a circular mill. They will continue to circle each other until they all die.

^Endangered Tree Kangaroo With Baby In Pouch


Pictures of the day: 23 March 2012

Thistledown Velvet Ant