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Polyergus lucidus - female

Polyergus lucidus - Female
Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
June 17, 2011
I found these Polyergus engaging in a raid. They entered a Formica pallidefulva group colony, but only retrieved a small number of brood. I was thinking P. lucidus, but I am not familiar with the undescribed species in this genus.

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Yes
I've never seen it with any other.
Closely related species use other F. pallidefulva group hosts, though.
All will be clarified in my upcoming revision...

 
Hmm
I should have checked the Formica more closely. Formica incerta has not been recorded from Pennsylvania on Antweb (though I believe there is a specimen record in your revision, and there is no reason it shouldn't be present). I have not heard from Barkley Butler in nearly a year.

Thanks James
Does this species only use Formica incerta as a host?

Moved
Moved from Ants.

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