Collingwood, C. A., 1979, The Formicidae (Hymenoptera) of Fennoscandia and Denmark., Fauna Entomologica Scandinavica 8, pp. 1-174: 155

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Genus Polyergus  HNS  Latreille, 1805

Polyergus  HNS  Latreille, 1805: 256. Type-species: Formica rufescens Latreille  HNS  , 1798.

This genus includes three palaearctic and several nearctic species immediate recognisable from other formicine ants by the long sickle shaped toothless mandible and much reduced thin palps, formula 4: 2. Members of this genus raid nests of ants the Formica fusca  HNS  group to carry away pupae to be reared as auxiliaries in the ho[[..]] nest. Polyergus  HNS  workers are unable to feed themselves and are entirely dependent o captive Formica  HNS  for their survival.