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Solenopsis  phoretica & Pheidole dentata

Solenopsis phoretica & Pheidole dentata

Among the oddest of all ants is the tiny Solenopsis phoretica, a presumably parasitic species whose females ride piggyback on Pheidole queens. Nearly nothing is known about its biology, having only been collected twice. Austin, Texas, USA.

FormicidaeSocial parasitesinquilinesphoresySolenopsisPheidolequeen antsgyne

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