slave-making ant

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Synonyms for slave-making ant

an ant that attacks colonies of other ant species and carries off the young to be reared as slave ants

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These ants become slaves when workers from the slave-making ant colony attack the nests of the host species Temnothorax longispinosus, kill the adult ants, and steal the brood.
Comparative analysis of sex investment ratios in slave-making ants.
data), through the use of path analysis on eight species of slave-making ants, found that colonies raising sexuals had significantly more parasite workers than colonies that failed to produce sexuals (the analysis controls for the effect of slave number).
So reports Howard topoff, a psychologist at Hunter College in New York City, who has been analyzing the behavior of the western slave-making ant, Polyergus breviceps, in an Arizona mountain desert.
The "chief family" of slave-making ants (owners) is called "The Shining" because their bodies "shine with a gloss like varnish.
Slave-making ants sometimes mark victims for violence during a takeover, yet "this is the first study of which I am aware that shows this is going on inside a single colony.
Joan Herbers of Colorado State University in Fort Collins, who studies slave-making ants, calls the wasp report "most interesting.
The slave-making ants from New York did more damage than their West Virginia counterparts, capturing a greater percentage of each invaded brood and killing more queens.