Afterwards I allowed an ant to visit them, and it immediately seemed, by its eager way of running about, to be well aware what a rich flock it had discovered; it then began to play with its antennae on the abdomen first of one aphis and then of another; and each aphis, as soon as it felt the antennae, immediately lifted up its abdomen and excreted a limpid drop of sweet juice, which was eagerly devoured by the ant. Even the quite young aphides behaved in this manner, showing that the action was instinctive, and not the result of experience.
Huber to be a slave-making ant. This species is found in the southern parts of England, and its habits have been attended to by Mr.
"She has a palace!" said the ant.
"The finest ant's palace, with seven hundred passages!"
(Ant. 1) Hovering around our city walls he waits, His spearmen raven at our seven gates.
(Ant. 2) Now Victory to Thebes returns again And smiles upon her chariot-circled plain.
(Ant. 1) The light-witted birds of the air, the beasts of the weald and the wood He traps with his woven snare, and the brood of the briny flood.
(Ant.) Not to be born at all Is best, far best that can befall, Next best, when born, with least delay To trace the backward way.
(Ant. 2) Hither haste, my son, arise, Altar leave and sacrifice, If haply to Poseidon now In the far glade thou pay'st thy vow.
(Ant.) Queen infernal, and thou fell Watch-dog of the gates of hell, Who, as legends tell, dost glare, Gnarling in thy cavernous lair At all comers, let him go Scathless to the fields below.
(Ant. 1) For he of marksmen best, O Zeus, outshot the rest, And won the prize supreme of wealth and power.
(Ant. 2) All-seeing Time hath caught Guilt, and to justice brought The son and sire commingled in one bed.
(Ant. 1) Ah friend, still loyal, constant still and kind, Thou carest for the blind.