Anglicized -- polly-ERG-us LOOSE-id-us (Note "hard" G! The pronunciation "pollyERJiss" is heard occasionally, but is not justified orthographically or etymolologically)
Latinate -- pole-ee-EHR-goos LOO-kid-oos
Temperate North America, including most of eastern US, southern Ontario, Canada, west to the southern Rocky Mountain States. Not yet collected, but should be sought in Texas, where several host species abound.
(Usually open) woodlands and grassy areas, always in mixed colonies in which they are outnumbered by workers of a species of the Formica pallidefulva group.
Polyergus do not feed themselves, and must rely on liquid food regurgitated to them by the host Formica workers.
See genus Polyergus account.
This species complex consists of several "host races" (each associated with a different Formica pallidefulva-group species) and some of which have had names proposed. The group is under revision, and there is hope the situation will be elucidated when that is complete.