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Formica argenta & Polygerus breviceps
Ants normally work tirelessly to benefit their own colony, but some species will capture and trick others into identifying with the wrong colony. These reddish Amazon ants (Polyergus breviceps) would starve to death even with food in front of them, if their “slaves” (Formica argentea) did not feed them. Photo © Mark W. Moffett/Minden Pictures
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