The republic of the ants; a poem, by the author of the Monarchy of the bees

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الصفحة 82 - The groups again formed, the carnage recommenced with greater fury than on the preceding evening, and the scene of combat occupied a space six feet in length by two in breadth.
الصفحة 83 - Let us figure to ourselves this prodigious crowd of insects covering the ground lying between these two ant-hills, and occupying a space of two feet in breadth. Both armies met at half-way from their respective habitations, and there the battle commenced. Thousands of ants took their station upon the highest ground, and fought in pairs, keeping firm hold of their antagonists by their mandibles : a considerable number were engaged in the attack and leading away prisoners. The latter made several ineffectual...
الصفحة 94 - ... in a few weeks destroy and carry away the bodies of large trees, without leaving a particle behind; thus clearing the place for other vegetables which soon fill up every vacancy: and in places where two or three years before there has been a populous town, if the inhabitants, as is frequently the case, have chosen to abandon it, there shall be a very thick wood, and not a vestige of a post to be...
الصفحة 78 - They have a particular way of skipping, leaping, and standing upon their hind-legs, and prancing with the others. These frolics they make use of, both to congratulate each other when they meet, and to show their regard for the queen; some of them gently walk over her, others dance round her: she is generally encircled with a cluster of attendants, who, if you separate them from her, soon collect themselves into a body, and enclose her in the midst."1 Nay, even if she dies...
الصفحة 92 - ... whence their excursions are made through subterraneous passages, or covered galleries, which they build whenever necessity obliges, or plunder induces, them to march above ground ; and at a great distance from their habitations carry on a business of depredation and destruction, scarcely credible but to those who have seen it.
الصفحة 98 - From thence they continued to extend themselves on all sides, for several years ; destroying in succession every sugarplantation between St. George's and St. John's, a space of about twelve miles. At the same time colonies of them began to be observed in other parts of the island. All attempts of the planters to put a stop to the ravages of these insects having been found ineffectual, an act was passed by the legislature...
الصفحة 84 - ... antagonists on the ground. These groups formed successively. The fight usually commenced between two ants, who seized each other by the mandibles...
الصفحة 99 - The roads are seen coloured by them for miles together ; and so crowded were they in many places, that the print of the horses' feet would appear for a moment or two, till filled up by the surrounding multitude.
الصفحة 93 - The royal chamber, which, with the rest, is arched over, occupies as nearly as possible the centre of the building, and is on a level with the surface of the ground ; it is at first only an inch in length, but increases in size with that of the queen, until it extends to six or more inches.
الصفحة 93 - ... being the great thoroughfares for all the labourers and soldiers going forth or returning upon any business whatever, whether fetching clay, wood, water, or provisions; and they are certainly well calculated for the purposes to which they are applied, by the spiral slope which is given them; for if they were perpendicular, the...

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