Myrmica sabuleti

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Myrmica sabuleti
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Genus: Myrmica
Species: M. sabuleti
Binomial name
Myrmica sabuleti
Meinert, 1861[1]

Myrmica sabuleti is a species of ant in the genus Myrmica. The species is indigenous to Europe and most colonies are polygynous.[2] The Phengaris arion caterpillars parasitically prey on the species as it hatches on thyme buds and then tricks the ants into believing it is one of their own larvae, ants then carry it to their nest where it feeds on the ant grubs for 10 months before pupating and emerging as a butterfly.[3]

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  1. ^ "Bidrag de danske Myrers Naturhistorie". Kongelige Danske Videnskabernes Selskabs Skrifter. 5: 275–340. 1861. 
  2. ^ "Myrmica sabuleti". Retrieved 16 June 2009. 
  3. ^ Alleyne, Richard (16 June 2009). "Large Blue butterfly flutters back from extinction, thanks to a tiny ant". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 16 June 2009. 

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