Fire Ants On Star Fruit

You can find Fire ants all around our yard, especially in the trees, among blossoms and fruits. We also call them Red ants. Today I found some Fire ants on our Star Fruit tree; they were very busy.Fire antsFire antsI read that Fire ants feed on a wide range of foods including insects, honeydew, plant nectar, seeds, fruits, and even dead animals. They are also highly attracted to foods high in fat. Fire antsI also read that ants are the longest living of all insects; they can live up to 30 years. Fire antsAnts have two stomachs – one to hold food for themselves, and another – the social stomach, for holding food for others.

Whenever you see ants ‘kissing’, they are actually feeding each other from their social stomachs. This process is called trophallaxis. Trophallaxis enables some ants to stay and look after the nest, whilst others forage for food.  Fire antsSee more pictures of Fire ants on star fruit below:Fire antsFire antsFire ants

Star fruit
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