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  1. slave-making ant, slave-makernoun

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


  1. Slave-making ant

    Slave-making ants are brood parasites that capture broods of other ant species to increase the worker force of their colony. After emerging in the slave-maker nest, slave workers work as if they were in their own colony, while parasite workers only concentrate on replenishing the labor force from neighboring host nests, a process called slave raiding. The slave-making ants are specialized to parasitize a single species or a group of related species, and they are often close relatives to their hosts, which is typical for social parasites. The slave-makers may either be permanent social parasites (thus depending on enslaved ants throughout their whole lives) or facultative slave-makers. The behavior is unusual among ants but has evolved several times independently.


  1. slave-making ant

    A slave-making ant is a type of ant that raids the colonies of other ants, capturing members of the foreign colony and forcing them to work for the capturer's own colony. These slaves carry out various duties like gathering food, caring for the young and sometimes even fighting for their masters.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of slave-making ant in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of slave-making ant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5


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