Wednesday, May 26, 2004



Since I'm new on the Ant News Blog, I'm playing around with the blogging possibilities. I thought I'd share this photograph from myrmecos.net of a parasitic Polyergus slave-raiding ant being carried by a Formica argentea slave ant. When I disturbed this colony a few weeks ago up in the high Sierra of California, most of the host Formica scattered for cover, while most of the Polyergus clinging to the underside of the nest rock stayed put until their hosts returned, one by one, to carry the parasites back down into the nests.