I will select only three, out of the several which I shall have to discuss in my future work,--namely, the instinct which leads the cuckoo to lay her eggs in other birds' nests; the slave-making instinct of certain ants; and the comb-making power of the hive-bee: these two latter instincts have generally, and most justly, been ranked by naturalists as the most wonderful of all known instincts.
fusca); sometimes as many as three of these ants clinging to the legs of the slave-making F.
"She has a palace!" said the ant
. "The finest ant
's palace, with seven hundred passages!"
The noise grew suddenly more clamorous, for it was discovered that a long line of ants had found their way on to the table-cloth by a back entrance, and if success could be gauged by noise, Hewet had every reason to think his party a success.
Thornbury, "if an ant did get between the vest and the skin."
Holding a microscope to the first-mentioned red ant
, I saw that, though he was assiduously gnawing at the near fore leg of his enemy, having severed his remaining feeler, his own breast was all torn away, exposing what vitals he had there to the jaws of the black warrior, whose breastplate was apparently too thick for him to pierce; and the dark carbuncles of the sufferer's eyes shone with ferocity such as war only could excite.
Science has recently discovered that the ant does not lay up anything for winter use.
The ant is strong, but we saw another strong thing, where we had not suspected the presence of much muscular power before.
(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. 2) Passing the wildest flight thought are the cunning and skill, That guide man now to the light, but now to counsels of ill.
(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) Love can turn past pain to bliss, What seemed bitter now is sweet.
But the ant
enjoyed a better fate than the fly, and escaped the fatal jaws which lay concealed at the base of the conical hollow.
(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.