Bees aren’t the only insects to make honey, some ants can make the sweet treat too. There exists in Oaxaca a honey ant known so because its tummy is filled with a delicious honey that you can extract and then let go to the little ant.

In the Oaxaque villages it is known as chindudis and is a variety of ant that produce honey only that instead of depositing it in a honeycomb, generate a bag next to its stomach that inflates outwards while being filled with the sweet flavor, which extracted overnight of floral nectars.

They belong to desert areas and can be found in some communities, especially in the Mixteca area, when there is no rain.

They are known by different names: Chindudis, Tiocondudi, Botijas, Tioko Ntudi (variant of Mixteco meaning honey ant), Vinitos, Binguinas, among others, as the name varies in different villages.

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You just have to dig a little during the day where you see an ant and you will find this sweet treat, although its taste is sweet it has a wide range of floral flavors.

Don’t hurt them, you can extract the honey from their tummy and let them go, they will fill their belly again over night.

The honeypot ant, Camponotus inflatus, lives in the deserts of Australia where worker bees harvest nectar from the flowers of the mulga tree.

The bees carry it underground and feed it to specialized workers known as ‘rotunds’ whose job it is to dangle upside down and eat.

Indeed, the tubby little insects are fed so much nectar that their abdomens swell up to the size of a small grape, and the abdomen wall is stretched so thin that the honey can be seen inside.

These literal honeypots are an insurance policy against hard times. When the regular workers run out of food, they stroke the rotunds’ antennae, causing the ants to regurgitate the stored honey. They also groom and clean the honeypots to keep the living larders in good condition.

The rotunds form roughly 50 per cent of the colony, and live in cool, underground galleries. They are highly prized by Indigenous Australians who have been excavating and eating them for thousands of years. In the 1990 documentary, Trials Of Life, David Attenborough was filmed quaffing one.

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The honey is said to be runnier and less sweet than the better-known bee alternative, but remains rich in antioxidants….S££ MOR£

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