Ants imitating ants

Ants imitating ants

Observation - Ants imitating ants - Southern Africa. Description: The refractive hairs on the gaster of the large Pugnacious ant [Anoplolepis custodiens] give them a distinct, shimmering 'checkered' appearance and may be a device to warn predators that this very aggressive ant is not to be trifled with. The Shimmering s

The refractive hairs on the gaster of the large Pugnacious ant [Anoplolepis custodiens] give them a distinct, shimmering 'checkered' appearance and may be a device to warn predators that this very aggressive ant is not to be trifled with. The Shimmering sugar ant [Camponotus vestitus] imitates this property with considerable precision. It's not a very aggressive or numerous species: is it imitating its distant cousin as a protection?
Or is it the other way round? Pugnacious pretending to be the mild-mannered shimmerer?