Lambs to the Slaughter

Honeypot ants are one of the most well-known ant species in the world. They are typically eaten as a delicacy by some people in Australia and are mainly characterized by some of the ants having engorged abdomens, almost like a balloon. Ants that have been chosen to be used as storage units are known as plerergates and are force-fed sugary liquids to expand their abdomens. The sugary liquid then starts to evaporate, leaving a honey-like substance in the abdomen of the ant. These ants later feed their sisters by regurgitating their contents when there is no food to be found on the surface.

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