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The CollectA Honeypot Ant model accurately displays the distinctive large amber gaster swollen with sugary food stores. Honeypot ants serve as living food storage units within ant colonies. Specialized worker "repletes" gorge themselves and then swell up like living containers.

The CollectA Honeypot Ant measures: 2.6" L x 3" W x 1.1" H.

CollectA Honeypot Ant Review:

When it comes to the world of miniature animal models, CollectA has always managed to capture the essence of nature's beauty. The CollectA Honeypot Ant model is no exception, offering a unique and intriguing addition to any collection. With its distinctive large amber gaster swollen with sugary food stores, this model is a sweet delight for both collectors and nature enthusiasts. The glistening gaster, mimicking the appearance of stored honey, is undeniably eye-catching.

The attention to texture, though not hyper-realistic, still manages to evoke a sense of realism that captures the essence of these remarkable ants. The CollectA Honeypot Ant model is a commendable addition to the brand's lineup, offering an unusual and captivating representation of nature's ingenuity.

The model's smooth texture and attention to detail, particularly in the gaster's appearance, demonstrate CollectA's commitment to quality. While some collectors might desire a bit more intricate detailing, the unique concept behind this model compensates for any minor shortcomings.

Honeypot Ant Information:

Honeypot ants, also known as honey ants or repletes, are a unique type of ant found in arid and semi-arid regions around the world. They are known for their ability to store large quantities of liquid food within their bodies, acting as living storage containers for their colonies.

The worker ants of a honeypot ant colony collect food, such as nectar and honeydew from aphids, and bring it back to the nest. However, instead of consuming all the food themselves, they regurgitate it and feed it to certain specialized members of the colony called repletes. These repletes have distensible abdomens that can expand to many times their normal size, resembling small balloons.

The worker ants feed the repletes until their abdomens become swollen and engorged with liquid food. The repletes hang from the ceilings of chambers deep within the ant nest, serving as living food storage for the colony during periods of scarcity or drought when food sources are limited. The stored liquid food can sustain the colony for several months, allowing them to survive in harsh environments.When the colony is in need of food, the worker ants tap the abdomens of the repletes, causing them to regurgitate stored food, which is then shared with the rest of the colony. This distribution of stored food helps maintain the survival of the entire ant colony during times of food scarcity.

Honeypot ants have evolved this remarkable ability to store food within their bodies as an adaptation to survive in arid environments where food resources are unpredictable and sporadic. 

Part of the Wildlife Series by CollectA. Hand Painted.

Made of durable synthetic material.

Product Code: CA88990

by CollectA

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CollectA Honeypot Ant #88990

Manufacturer Age Recommendation:

3+ Years

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Warning: Choking Hazard

Small Parts. Not for children under 3 years.

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