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Abdomens store nectar: honeypot ants

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Worker honeypot ants / Tom D. / LicenseCC-by-nc-nd - Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives

The bodies of some honey ants are used for liquid storage via their expandable abdomen.

FUNCTION
Summary
"In Australia, the honeypot ants collect nectar and force-feed it to workers of a special caste until their abdomens are distended to the size of peas and their skins stretched so thin that they are quite transparent. The workers then hang them up by their forelegs in underground galleries, like living storage jars." (Attenborough 1979:104)
About the inspiring organism
Myrmecocystus
Myrmecocystus

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Organism/taxonomy data provided by:
Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2008 Annual Checklist


Bioinspired products and application ideas

Application Ideas: Expandable, lightweight containers. Transparent membranes.

Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Manufacturing

References
Attenborough, D. 1995. The Private Life of Plants: A Natural History of Plant Behavior. London: BBC Books. 320 p.
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