All living things need water to survive. Worker ants can drink directly from the source. But a queen ant would need help from the colony to get its daily supply of food and water. I have seen ants carrying tiny bits of food, but I have not really seen them carrying water. Do they use their hands like how they carry food? Do they use a receptacle like us humans? Or are there some other innovative ways?

  • $\begingroup$ Ants are able to roll water droplets because of how small they themselves are in comparison. It seems odd but that's because different rules apply to the smaller creatures. For instance, a mouse falling from a skyscraper would be stunned, but otherwise uninjured. We, however, would break every bone in our body. $\endgroup$ Commented Jan 28, 2019 at 15:56

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The worker ants give water to the other ants in the nest. Also, they get most of their hydration out of the food anyway. Here is a blogpost with some references and nice humour about it.

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    $\begingroup$ The key word is trophallaxis. $\endgroup$
    – alephreish
    Commented Oct 23, 2014 at 10:50
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you. I love drinking water. so therefore I hate ants. $\endgroup$
    – Jovylle
    Commented Jun 17, 2021 at 4:22

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