. The book of bugs. 184 The Book of Bugs.. Fig. 38. Monomonium phuraom's, the red ant of the pantry ; a, female ; £, worker. can and living by the chase, incapable of more than the simplest kinds of communal effort, are all the gradations that one finds in human society from the multi-millionaire to the Digger Indian. It is a comfort to be able to announce that among these low savages are the red ants that from living under stones have come to biting away the mortar between the bricks of houses for their troglodyte dens. There are drawbacks to this mode of living, boil- i n g water for i n- st

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. The book of bugs. 184 The Book of Bugs.. Fig. 38. Monomonium phuraom's, the red ant of the pantry ; a, female ; £, worker. can and living by the chase, incapable of more than the simplest kinds of communal effort, are all the gradations that one finds in human society from the multi-millionaire to the Digger Indian. It is a comfort to be able to announce that among these low savages are the red ants that from living under stones have come to biting away the mortar between the bricks of houses for their troglodyte dens. There are drawbacks to this mode of living, boil- i n g water for i n- st
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. The book of bugs. 184 The Book of Bugs.. Fig. 38. Monomonium phuraom's, the red ant of the pantry ; a, female ; £, worker. can and living by the chase, incapable of more than the simplest kinds of communal effort, are all the gradations that one finds in human society from the multi-millionaire to the Digger Indian. It is a comfort to be able to announce that among these low savages are the red ants that from living under stones have come to biting away the mortar between the bricks of houses for their troglodyte dens. There are drawbacks to this mode of living, boil- i n g water for i n- stance, and cotton soaked with poison- ous kerosene stuffed in cracks of the floors, and this dreadful corrosive sublimate which makes ants go mad and bite each other, but then it has its conveniences, too. It is handy to the sugar bowl and the cake box. Some ants make nests of pure silk between leaves, and until quite recently where the silk came from was a dark mystery, for adult ants do not spin. The pupae, though, secrete a gummy fluid from the mouth, which, when drawn out into a thread, toughens as it dries. The worker picks up a baby as if it were one of these sponge mucilage bottles, dabs its face against the leaf and spins out the silk to build a home. Some ants bore out elaborate cham- bers and galleries in trees and have developed a kind of worker, a big-headed, flat-faced fellow that stands in the doorway and does his specialty entitled, ' The Living Cork." If you know the password, you can get in. If not, you stay out. It does not do the least good to bite. Please note that these images are extracted from scanned page images that may have been digitally enhanced for readability - coloration and appearance of these illustrations may not perfectly resemble the original work.. Sutherland, Harvey. New York ; London : Street & Smith