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How Long Do Honeypot Ants Live?

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Honeypot ants have a long life span compared to other ants, and they can live up to eight years. Most honeypot ants live deep in the colony nest, where it is more difficult for predators to get them, giving them an even longer lifespan than most!

What do honeypot ants eat?

The primary source of food for honeypot ants is sweet nectar collected from flowers. The workers will often kill other insects such as caterpillars, wasps and termites and feed their body fat to the honeypot ants ready for the others in the colony.

How do honeypot ants feed each other?

The honeypot ants will feed the other ants in the colony via mouth to mouth. They store the food in the abdomens and hand it out as and when.


With their excellent supply of food from the worker ants and the lack of predator attacks, we now know that these ants can live up to eight years.

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Teresa Milne

Teresa is learning zoology and loves to share her knowledge through her articles. She has some pets that she adores two dogs, two cats, and one hamster. Teresa has also studied canine behaviour and canine nutrition.