Celebrate National Credit Union Youth Month
Learn the Science of Saving
Hey Kids! Do you like spending money? Then you'll like saving it even more. That's because the best way to buy things you want some day in the future is to start saving for them today. April is National Credit Union Youth Month so it's a great time to get started. It's a chance to learn the "Science of Saving." The formulas are simple. The more you save, the more you have to spend later. Even if you only saved a quarter every day, you would have $91 after a year.
Here are some tips for saving even more. When you get money as a gift, as an allowance, or for doing extra chores, divide it into three parts: the first part for spending, the second part for sharing with those in need, and the third part for saving. Save it in a special box or jar and attach a picture or drawing of what you are saving for. That will help you keep saving. Periodically, take the money to the credit union to keep it safe in your share savings account.
Honeypot Ants: Living Storage Containers
Honeypot ants measure approximately 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch in length and are dark red. Some of the ants, called "storage ants," have larger abdomens than the other honeypot ants. They use their own bodies as "living storage." Worker ants bring the food and they gorge themselves with it. When filled with food, the abdomen of a storage ant can look much like a small grape.
The role of honeypot ants is quite simple. To get big, fat and juicy! They are the "storage units" of the colony, full of nutritional ingredients in liquid form. When food is scarce and the worker ants can't find enough food to feed the colony, the honeypot ants regurgitate their stored food in order to feed the colony. The worker ants stroke the antennae of the honeypot ants, causing them to regurgitate the stored liquid.
They are native to the deserts of Africa, Australia, and North America. They are edible - no preparation required. The liquid has a very sweet taste and is a good source of sugars. Honeypot ants are considered a delicacy in many parts of the world. What a treat!