Natural History of Animals; Containing Brief Descriptions of the Animals Figured on Tenney's Natural History Tablets, But Complete Without the Tablets
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from ... Show synopsis This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1869 Excerpt: ...and stores it with insects. One of these, now in the Zoological Collection of Vassar College, was caught-by S. M. Buckingham, Esq., in his garden, while carrying into its hole the Dog-day Cicada or Harvest-Fly, Figure 317. ANTS. Ants live together in colonies, which are often very large, and made up of males, females, and workers. The workers have no wings, but the males and females have wings, and the females have the power of throwing them off. Some kinds of ants make their nests in the ground; others raise large ant-hills; and others live in stumps and trunks of trees. The workers have the care of the nest and of rearing the young, they go abroad in search of food, communicate with and assist each other, feed the larvae, and take them into the sunshine in fair weather, and back again on the approach of a storm, or at night, and watch over them earnestly and faithfully. Ants are fond of sweet things, and make pets of Aphides, or Plant-lice, --little insects which live upon the juices of plants, and yield a honeylike fluid. Some kinds of ants collect large numbers of aphides and keep them that they may eat the sweets which they produce. There is generally but one kind of ant in each nest, but in some cases the workers procure help by visiting the hills of other species, and forcibly taking the larvae and pupae, and bringing them back, where they are tended and reared by workers of the same kind which have before been stolen in the same way. Ants are very warlike, and engage in pitched battles, after which the ground is strewn with the dead. ICHNEUMONS. These insects have a long, hard, slender body, long antennae, and the ovipositor is usually long; the lat Fig. 259.--Ichneumon laying her eggs in holes bored by the Boring Saw-Fly, Figure 262. ter is sometime..