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Intraspecific slavery inPolyergus rufescens Latr. (Hymenoptera, Formicidae): field and laboratory observations

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Four intraspecific slave raids involving 3 colonies of the European amazon antPolyergus rufescens Latr. occurred during hot and sunny afternoons in July 1992 near Parma, Italy. Generally, no fighting between the resident ants and the invaders was recorded, and pillage of the brood lasted just a few minutes. The brood captured during 3 raids was collected and transported ot the laboratory where slavemaker callow workers eclosed and were accepted by both the raiders and hosts present in artificial mixed colonies. This is the first case of functional intraspecific slavery recorded in the field for the obligatory dulotic formicine antP. rufescens.

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Le Moli, F., Grasso, D.A., D'Ettorre, P. et al. Intraspecific slavery inPolyergus rufescens Latr. (Hymenoptera, Formicidae): field and laboratory observations. Ins. Soc 40, 433–437 (1993).

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