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Pheidole obscurithorax

Pheidole obscurithorax

Pheidole obscurithorax stays ahead of the competition using group retrieval of food items (in this case, a scavenged wasp carcass). Working together the ants can usually get the bounty home before a more aggressive species usurps their find. Pheidole obscurithorax is a regular competitor of Solenopsis fire ants, both in its native Argentina and along the U.S. gulf coast where both species have been introduced. Entre Rios, Argentina

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