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These ants gather the solar heat on their bodies and walk
themselves into the nest where they transfer it to a central
storage. Then come out again to bask in the sun.
real solar heating ants
[pashute, Jun 29 2021]
||Those ants don't go very far, they just loiter atop the mound
until they've warmed up and go inside.
||Best they can do, I guess - lacking skills to build a solar thermal
collector on the roof to heat water for a central storage tank.
||That whole surface to volume thing and travelling to
far. Maybe, polar fur hamster-like robots.
||As alluded to by [wjt], it's about the ratio. High area/low
volume to collect heat, Low area/high volume to store.
Taking your "ants" to the obvious limit, you use a liquid. Easy
to spread out & then concentrate for the two stages, easy to
transport, & already baked...