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Species Polyergus lucidus - Shining Amazon ant

Polyergus lucidus with Formica incerta - Polyergus lucidus Polyergus lucidus - female Polyergus lucidus - female Polyergus lucidus - female Polyergus lucidus - female Polyergus lucidus - female Shining Amazon Ant - Polyergus lucidus
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
No Taxon (Aculeata - Ants, Bees and Stinging Wasps)
Superfamily Formicoidea (Ants)
Family Formicidae (Ants)
Subfamily Formicinae
Tribe Formicini
Genus Polyergus (Amazon Ants)
No Taxon (lucidus species group)
Species lucidus (Shining Amazon ant)
Explanation of Names
"Lucidus" is Latin for shiny
Range
Northeastern half of the USA, southern Ontario, west to Minnesota and Missouri
Habitat
Old fields, Appalachian "balds", bluestem prairie. This ant in occurs in mixed colonies, with the host workers, always Formica incerta, generally outnumbering the P. lucidus workers about 10:1.
Season
Raiding occurs from about the last week of June to the first week of September, with raiding parties larger and more often successful in bringing home host brood in in the earlier part of this season.
Food
Depend on host workers to regurgitate food to them, and to provision their brood. Some of the colony's nutrition is derived from eating brood captured in raids.
Life Cycle
See genus account.
Remarks
This is the shiniest species of the genus, and is the most common one found in northeastern USA and southern Ontario.