One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small reddish ant which captures the pupae of other ant colonies to raise as slaves.
Genus Polyergus, family Formicidae
- ‘The index lists amazon ants but not Amazons.’
- ‘After forays against other ants amazon ants bring back unconsumed brood to serve as slaves as soon as they have matured.’
- ‘Some ants, such as the Amazon Ants, are incapable of feeding themselves.’
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