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  1. Polyergus, genus Polyergusnoun

    Amazon ants

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  1. Polyergus

    Polyergus, also called Amazon ants, is a small genus of 6 described species of "slave-raiding" ants. Its workers are incapable of caring for brood, in part due to their dagger-like, piercing mandibles, but more importantly, because in the evolution of their parasitism, they have lost the "behavioral wiring" to carry out even rudimentary brood care, or even to feed themselves. Polyergus species subsist solely as a specialized brood-acquiring caste, maintaining a worker force by robbing brood of particular species in the closely related genus Formica in massive colony-to-colony raids. The captured ants are generally referred to as "slaves" in scientific and popular literature, though recent attempts have been made to apply other human cultural models, such as describing the Polyergus individuals of a colony as "raiders" or "pirates" and the Formica workers as "helper-ants", or "domesticated animals". Biologists describe the system simply as social parsitism by Polyergus on the host Formica species. Polyergus obtains its Formica work force by stealing pupae from nearby Formica colonies and carrying them back to its own nest. Back in the Polyergus nest, Formica workers are eventually helped to emerge from the cocoons by Formica workers already living there. The new workers quickly assimilate the characteristic odor of the mixed-species population of the Polyergus colony—completely without violence. The Formica workers that emerge in the mixed-species colony go on to nurse, forage, and perform other colony upkeep duties.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of polyergus in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of polyergus in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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