Polyergus breviceps and Formica argentea
Truckee, California, USA
The easy life of a parasite. Here a red slave-raiding Polyergus ant is being carried by a Formica slave, who behaves as though the parasite were her own sister. The Polyergus ant has curled up and tucked in her legs so as to facilitate transport.
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