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Dorymyrmex reginicula & Dorymyrmex elegans

Dorymyrmex reginicula & Dorymyrmex elegans

A mixed colony of a socially parasitic ant (Dorymyrmex reginicula, brown), and its host (Dorymyrmex elegans, yellow). Workers of the two species coexist in a single nest for a period after the parasite queen has assumed reproduction and before the last remaining host workers die off. Archbold Biological Station, Florida, USA

dulosissocial parasitismConomyrmadolichoderinaeecology