Honey Pot Ant's will transport their nectar back to their nest and regurgitate it to feed the repletes once they are unable to move (Duncan & Lighton, 1994).

The average replete is 299 times heavier than a worker (Conway, 1990).

Some males and females leave their nests several days before nuptial flights and become lost (Conway, 1980).

The number of queen larvae peaks in February and June (Conway, 1980).

Australian Aborigines excavate and consume a species of Honeypot Ant. See a video about it here. Some rural Mexican’s also dig up and eat Honey ants which are Myrmecocystus mexicanus (Evans, 2003).


A hanging M. mexicanus replete. Photo from EOL.