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Polyergus mexicanus

Polyergus mexicanus

Polyergus mexicanus slave-raiding ant with its Formica argentea host. Notice the difference in mandible shape in the two species- the sharp tines in the slave-raider for carrying pilfered host brood, and the broad working mandibles in the host. Sagehen Creek, California, USA

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