Lubbock observed ants which actually recognised each other after more than a year of separation.
Ants have a great faculty for recognition, which probably testifies to their vision and visual memory.
The chief discovery regarding the vision of insects made in the last thirty years is that of Lubbock, who proved that ants perceive the ultra-violet rays of the spectrum, which we are unable, or almost unable, to perceive.
The males and females of bees and ants distinguish one another on the wing.
If any one wishes to take this gold from them, he soon repents of his undertaking; for the ants run upon him, and if they catch him they devour him instantly.
Ebrard, who wrote a book about ants and their habits, tells a story of a little black ant who was building an arch at the foundation of a new ant-hill.
Illustration] Some other ants once found a cockchafer's wing, which they thought would be a capital thing to dry for winter, and they endeavored to get it into the entrance of their hill.
Mosquitoes and white ants are the most troublesome pests.
The whiteants are indeed formidable; not like the locusts, feeding on green things growing, but destroying dry wood and vegetable fibre, wherever found.
This preposterous story was believed by the girl, who was ready to accept any marvel that the white ants were credited with.
Millions of these winged ants rise into the air, seeking their mates, and, as they are not strong on the wing, and are liable to be tossed about by every gust of wind, vast numbers of them perish.
In this case, on the first fine day the ants bring out the damp and damaged grain, and expose it to the sun till it is dry, when they carry it back and pack away all the sound seeds, leaving those that had sprouted to waste.
As may be inferred from the above description, the habits of Ants vary greatly according to their species and the climate in which they live.
One of the Ants of Palestine, shown on page 621, belongs to the same genus as the Agricultural Ant.
And my conclusions have not been arrived at from hasty or careless observation, nor from seeing the ants do something that looked a little like it, and then guessing at the results.
The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer.
In Palestine Ants abound, and the species are tolerably numerous.
When it is ready to emerge, the labourer Antsaid in freeing it from the cocoon, and in a short time it is ready to fly.
Busy colonies of ants (which everywhere infest the country).
Gissing, who had attempted to find a quiet moment to scald theants out of the ice-box, had just rushed forth and boxed them all.
Then put the same quantity of ants as before; do this three times, then aromatize the spirit with cinnamon.
Last night theants were unbearable to Mr. Tietkens and myself, but Gibson and Jimmy do not appear to lose any sleep on their account.
Ants and burrs were very annoying, however; we have been afflicted with both of these animal and vegetable annoyances upon many occasions all through these regions.
Even though Moses did omit to inflict ants on Pharaoh, it is a wonder Dante never thought to have a region of them full of wicked wretches, eternally tortured with their bites, and stings, and smells.
The ants were as rampant as ever, and I passed another night in walking up and down the glen.
We had some rolls of smoked beef, which caused the ants to come about the camp, and we had to erect a little table with legs in the water, to lay these on.
A fierce, warm south wind blew all night; the ants were dreadful, and would not allow me to sleep for a minute, though the others did not seem to feel them.
Mr. Tietkens also had to shift his camp, and drove the horses back, but ants as big as elephants, or an earthquake that would destroy the world, would never wake Gibson and Jimmy.
The ants in this glen were frightful; they would not allow me a moment's rest anywhere.
The ants were so troublesome last night, I had to shift my bed several times.
But imagination can't conceive the horror of a region swarming with ants and then Dante never lived in an ant country, and had no conception what torture such creatures can inflict.
It is as if all trees and grass on land were first eaten by locusts or white ants, and the locusts and white ants were then eaten by semi-carnivorous cows and sheep, which were in turn eaten by true carnivora.
It is quite in keeping with the forest and tree surroundings of the time that white ants should have abounded to eat up the decayed and dead wood.
Perhaps, however, the ants have not yet reached the Positivist stage, and may be totally ignorant of the enthusiasm of formicity.
He ingeniously accounts for this curious fact by supposing that an internecine struggle has long been going on in the countries inhabited by the Saübas between the ants and the forest trees.
Within doors, in the tropics, ants are apt to put themselves obtrusively forward in a manner little gratifying to any except the enthusiastically entomological mind.
The most absurdly human, however, among all the tricks and habits of ants are their well known cattle-farming and slaveholding instincts.
Much has been written about these small sugar manufactories, so well known by ants that they have procured for the aphis the name of ant-cow.
The rectum of frogs is always literally full of Opalinae which swarm in this cavity, like ants in their ant-hill, and doubtless live on the contents of the intestine.
Lespes, there are some among them, as the Clavigers, which in exchange for the services which they render are fed by the ants themselves.
Certain hairs of these insects, it is said, secrete a sweet liquid of which ants partake greedily.
They did not even know that if they did not get the food they wanted so much the ants would come and the other creatures of nature, and eat them.
It was all delightful for the ants and the other small things; all good in their way, who came seeking food.
The ants were quite nasty at being interfered with, and one of them crawled up Beryl's arm.
Underneath this glory there lived millions upon millions of poor and tired human beings, toiling like antswho have built a nest underneath a heavy stone.
There are red ants yonder," said the Bohemian, "order them to be pat upon him, and he will soon find a tongue in his mouth.
By the light impression of one foot in the sand, by the herbage not being evenly cropped, and by the ants being busy with the fallen grain on one side, the flies, attracted by the honey, upon the other.
Your excellency has been bitten by one of these," said the guide quietly, and he pointed to some large ants which were running all over the stones.
The above list will hopefully give you a few useful examples demonstrating the appropriate usage of "ants" in a variety of sentences. We hope that you will now be able to make sentences using this word.