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Ants and termites A-Z

Alate   A winged, reproductive termite, destined to become a king or a queen. Alates leave the nest in swarms at least once a year. When they land, they shed their wings, mate and start a new colony. 

Amazon ant   A small, red ant with dagger-like jaws. Amazon ants invade the nests of other ants and kidnap their young. These are then raised as slaves to look after the Amazon colony. Amazon ants are so dependent on slaves that they cannot feed themselves or care for their young. 

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