One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An ant that raids the nests of other ant species and steals the pupae, which later become workers in the new colony.
- ‘The slave-making ants go to the nest of another ant-species to rob pupae, which are carried back.’
- ‘Field and genetic research on slave-making ants has ballooned in the past decade.’
- ‘But unlike parasitic slave-maker ants, which raid and virtually destroy the colonies of unsuspecting hosts, L. minutissimus appears to move in and live amiably with its host.’
- ‘An uneven battle ensues, in which the slave-making ants can be said to win the war.’
- ‘Without presuming to answer the question, he demonstrated how natural selection works to refine instinct in such cases as slave-making ants or hive-making bees.’
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